If you’ve been accused of a crime, you may think that the only thing you need to worry about is whether you’re being charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, and how long the sentence is.
But Colorado makes many distinctions that affect how you are charged, so that two people suspected of the same crime may be prosecuted in very different ways.
According to recent Colorado Springs police data, about 4 percent of the 700-plus gang members in the area are female. But, there are many more who could be affiliated with gang-related activity. You don’t have to be an official gang member to get caught up in illegal activity and face heavy criminal penalties. There are many young women in and around Colorado Springs putting their future in jeopardy because of who they date or keep as friends.