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No one thinks of themselves as a "felon". However, if you find yourself charged with a felony, that is exactly what you are in danger of becoming. If you have been charged with a felony, you need to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.What is a felony?
In Colorado, charges are generally broken down into three broad categories: 1) Petty Offenses, 2) Misdemeanors, and 3) Felonies. Felonies are by far the most serious, and most life changing, of these categories. Felony charges can range from Pre-Meditated Murder (a Class 1 Felony) to Possession of a Controlled Substance (a Class 6 Felony) in severity.What legal repercussions are possible if convicted of a felony?
If someone is convicted of a felony, a judge can sentence them to probation (generally supervised), a Community Corrections sentence, or even time (sometimes substantial time) in prison. In addition, even defendants that avoid prison and community corrections and instead are sentenced to probation will likely have a large number of cumbersome and difficult requirements attached to their sentence. These can include requirements such as:
- As much as 90 days in the county jail as a condition of probation;
- No consumption of alcohol (enforced by random tests);
- No use of illicit drugs (enforced by random tests);
- No violations of law;
- Domestic violence evaluation, treatment and therapy;
- Mental health evaluation and therapy and medication;
- Substance Abuse evaluation, classes, and therapy;
- Substantial Hours of Community Service;
- Parenting Classes;
- Payment of Restitution.
These are just some of the conditions that the Court may order in a typical case. Cases involving sexual offenses or defendants placed on Intensive Supervised Probation may have significantly restrictive, and life altering, additional requirements.What are the real-life repercussions of a felony conviction?
A felony conviction can have substantial impact on your everyday life long after your case is concluded. Even someone with no prior offenses will find that a felony conviction greatly limits their future opportunities. Someone with a felony conviction cannot possess a firearm and in many states cannot vote. While the lawyers at Patterson Weaver Law are not military lawyers and cannot give anyone advice on military law or legal consequences, common experience of attorneys with military clients teaches that a felony conviction nearly always ends a career in the military, or any civilian career requiring a security clearance. Additionally a felony conviction can cause nurses, doctors, day care providers, and teachers to have significant difficulties with their licenses. However, even for a typical person without licensure concerns, future employers will always be able to see your felony conviction on a background check, and few employers are in the habit of hiring employees with a felony on their record. A felony conviction can follow you for a lifetime.What can be done?
No matter the specific charge, a felony is a serious matter with serious legal and life consequences. It is imperative that you speak with an experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer as soon as possible regarding your case. An experienced criminal 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 prosecutor. While every case and circumstance is different, your chances for getting an outcome with as limited an impact on your life as possible greatly increases with an experienced criminal defense attorney fighting for you.
Patterson Weaver Law proudly serves Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Teller County, Park County, Elbert County, Douglas County, Fremont County, and the surrounding areas. If you live outside of Colorado Springs, in many instances attorney Patterson Weaver can travel to you for the initial free consultation.
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