El Paso County Felony Defense Attorneys
Being charged with a felony is not a matter to be taken lightly. A felony is considered the most serious type of offense in the United States, with the penalties upon conviction ranging from one year to life in prison, and hefty fines. It is crucial for anyone facing a felony charge to have excellent legal representation given the gravity of the consequences of a conviction.
If you are facing felony charges in El Paso, Colorado, having a skilled attorney from The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. on your side drastically increases the chances of your case either being dismissed or having your sentence reduced. Our team will help you to navigate through the criminal justice process, and most importantly, will aggressively fight for your best interests at each stage.
Call us today at (719) 475-2555 for a free consultation. The sooner you get in contact, the longer we have to strengthen your defense.
Felony crimes are defined as crimes that carry a potential punishment of over one year in prison upon conviction. In Colorado, non-drug-related felony crimes are classified into six different classes depending on their gravity.
Non-Drug Related Felony Crimes and Potential Penalties
- Class 1 felony crimes: Considered the most severe type of felony offenses, Class 1 felony crimes carry a minimum sentence of life imprisonment. Examples include first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, child abuse causing the death of a child under 12, and treason.
- Class 2 felony crimes: Class 2 Felony Crimes include attempting to commit a Class 1 felony, second-degree murder, and theft of property valued at over $1,000,000. The potential punishment generally ranges between 8 and 24 years in prison and may include fines between $5000 and $1,000,000.
- Class 3 felony crimes: Examples of Class 3 felony crimes include an attempt or conspiracy to commit a Class 2 felony, vehicular homicide, and theft of property valued at $100,000 to $1,000,000. The consequences of conviction range between 4 and 12 years in prison, and potential fines of between $3000 and $750,000.
- Class 4 felony crimes: Class 4 felony crimes carry a potential sentence of between 2 and 6 years in prison, and/or fines of between $2000 and $500,000. Examples of these crimes include criminal extortion, second-degree assault, and enticement of a child.
- Class 5 felony crimes: Examples of Class 5 felony crimes include non-support of a spouse or child, criminally negligent homicide, and false imprisonment. These crimes carry a sentence of between 1 and 3 years in a prison, and a potential fine of between $1,000 and $100,000.
- Class 6 felony crimes: Class 6 felony crimes, the least severe of the six classes, include criminal impersonation, indecent exposure, and theft of property with a value between $2000 and $5000. Potential sentences range from 12-18 months in prison, and may include fines between $1000 and $100,000.
Drug-Related Felony Crimes
Drug felony crimes are similarly classified into classes 1 to 4, with Class 1 being the most severe. Class 1 drug felonies carry a potential prison time of between 8 and 32 years, and/or fines between $5,000 to $1,000,000. Class 4 drug felonies, by comparison, can result in prison times of between 6 months and 2 years in prison, and/or fines between $1,000 and $100,000.
Felony crimes are aggressively prosecuted. A defendant, therefore, needs a El Paso County defense attorney who will fight just as aggressively for them. With The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., your chances of your case being dismissed, or having your sentence reduced, are drastically increased.
As a former prosecutor, founding attorney Timothy Bussey knows the tactics of the prosecution and how to counter them. At each stage of the criminal justice process, Bussey will passionately defend your rights, whether by ensuring your arrest was legal, negotiating and evaluating plea deals, proving your defense at trial, or arguing for a reduced sentence.
Our successes include having a financial fraud and theft felony charge dismissed, a second-degree burglary felony dismissed, and a first-degree assault felony reduced to third-degree assault, resulting in no jail time.
Call us today at (719) 475-2555 so we can help you too.