Misdemeanor Attorney in Colorado Springs
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The only good news about being charged with a misdemeanor is that it is not a felony. Unfortunately, the good news stops there. Misdemeanor convictions can have negative consequences, often long-term consequences, for people, their lives, and their future opportunities. If you are charged with any misdemeanor-level charge, you should speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Patterson Weaver Law, LLC takes pride in providing excellent and responsive legal representation in misdemeanor criminal cases. Serving Pueblo, Park County, Teller County, Fremont County, and the surrounding areas, the Colorado Springs misdemeanor lawyers at Patterson Weaver Law have the experience and ability to help you get the best outcome possible in your case.
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What Is a Misdemeanor?
In Colorado, charges are generally broken down into three broad categories: 1) Petty Offenses, 2) Misdemeanors, and 3) Felonies. Misdemeanor charges can range from charges such as Assault 3 (a Class 1 Misdemeanor) to Telephone Harassment (a Class 3 Misdemeanor), to Driving Under the Influence (an Unclassified Misdemeanor). While misdemeanors are not typically serious crimes like felonies, they can and do have real effects on people's lives.
What Kind of Legal Repercussions Are Possible if Convicted of a Misdemeanor?
Generally speaking, a misdemeanor conviction can result in a sentence to probation (supervised or unsupervised), or even up to 24 months in jail, depending on the severity of the charge. In addition, even defendants that avoid jail and instead are sentenced to probation may have many cumbersome and difficult requirements attached to their sentence.
These can include requirements such as:
- Up to 60 days jail time as a condition of probation
- Substantial fines
- No alcohol (enforced by random tests)
- No illicit drugs (enforced by random tests)
- No additional violations of law
- Domestic violence evaluation and corresponding recommendations (classes)
- Mental health evaluation and corresponding recommendations (therapy, medication, etc.)
- Substance abuse evaluation and corresponding recommendations
- Child abuse evaluation and corresponding recommendations (parenting classes and therapy)
- Useful public service (commonly called community service)
- Parenting classes
- Driving classes
- Attendance at a victim's impact panel
- Letters of apology
- Payment of restitution
These are just a sampling of the requirements that may be ordered by the Court as conditions of probation. In some cases, particularly for repeat offenders, the Court may not permit probation and instead will sentence defendants to lengthy jail terms.
Are Traffic Offenses Misdemeanors?
In Colorado, more serious traffic tickets such as Reckless Driving or more sever speeding tickets are classified as Misdemeanor Traffic Offenses. These types of traffic tickets are more serious than simple traffic infractions. While someone might think a misdemeanor traffic offense is just a ticket, the reality is that these serious traffic offenses can carry substantial fines or even months of jail time. Experienced criminal defense lawyers can help you ensure that a traffic ticket does not carry unreasonable penalties.
What Are the Real-Life Consequences of a Conviction?
A misdemeanor conviction may have permanent real-life consequences. Even someone with an otherwise clean record may find that a misdemeanor conviction greatly limits their future opportunities. If the charge carries a Domestic Violence aggravator, a conviction may permanently preclude someone from possessing a firearm. Moreover, while the lawyers at Patterson Weaver Law are not military lawyers and cannot advise anyone on military law or legal consequences, it is well known in Colorado Springs from common experience that a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction nearly always ends a career in the military. Additionally, any type of misdemeanor conviction may cause doctors, nurses, daycare providers, and teachers to have significant licensure issues. Even a typical citizen without such concerns may find it difficult to find a job, an apartment, or admission at an educational institution.
What Can Be Done?
No matter whether you face a domestic violence allegation, assault, DUI, Drunk with Gun, or another charge, a misdemeanor is a serious matter with serious legal and life consequences. It is important that you speak with a qualified attorney as soon as possible regarding your case. An experienced Colorado Springs misdemeanor defense attorney can analyze the facts of your case for officer mistakes and potential motion issues, factual strengths and weaknesses, and mitigating factors for negotiation with the District Attorney. In many situations where a client does not have a previous record, but the DA has a strong case, it may be possible to negotiate a deferred sentence or better.
While every case and circumstance is different, your chances for getting a good outcome greatly increase with the legal advice, guidance, and efforts of an experienced criminal defense attorney fighting for you. Patterson Weaver Law offers free consultations to speak with you about your matter and how we might be able to help. Patterson Weaver Law serves Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and the surrounding counties. If you live outside of the Colorado Springs area, in many instances, the defense lawyers of Patterson Weaver Law can travel to you for the initial consultation.
Call our firm at (719) 215-8049 today to begin the process of building your defense.