Patterson Weaver Law takes pride in providing excellent and responsive legal representation in misdemeanor criminal cases. Serving Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Park County, Teller County, Fremont County, and the surrounding areas, criminal lawyer Patterson Weaver has the experience and ability to help you get the best outcome possible in your case.
The only good news about being charged with a misdemeanor is that it is not a felony. That said--the good news stops there. Misdemeanor convictions can have serious repercussions on 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.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 (a Traffic Misdemeanor). While Misdemeanors are not as serious as 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 a number of cumbersome and difficult requirements attached to their sentence. These can include requirements such as:
- Up to 60 days jail 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 (sometimes substantial hours);
- 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.What are the real-life repercussions of a misdemeanor 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, day care 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 a domestic violence allegation, assault, DUI, Drunk with Gun, or other charge, a misdemeanor is a serious matter with serious legal and life consequences. It is important that you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible regarding your case. An experienced criminal defense lawyer 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. Misdemeanors are serious but manageable for an experienced 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 an experienced criminal defense attorney fighting for you. Patterson Weaver Law serves Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and the surrounding counties. If you live outside of the Colorado Springs area, in many instances, lawyer Patterson Weaver can travel to you for the initial consultation.
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