Misdemeanor crimes in Colorado are divided into three separate classes, depending upon the severity of the potential punishment involved. "Class One" misdemeanors are the most severe, and carry a potential penalty of up to eighteen months imprisonment, or a five thousand dollar fine, or both. The maximum time of imprisonment may be increased beyond the stated eighteen months for crimes that are considered "extraordinary risk crimes", as defined by statute.
"Class Two" misdemeanors carry a maximum penalty of up to twelve months imprisonment, or a one thousand dollar fine, or both. "Class Three" misdemeanors carry up to six months imprisonment or a seven hundred fifty dollar fine, or both.
Some misdemeanor offenses, by statute, do not specify a particular potential punishment and/or fine. With regard to these types of offenses, the potential maximum penalty is imprisonment for not more than one year in the county jail and a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars, or both.
In addition to incarceration and/or fines, a defendant who is convicted of a class one, two, or three misdemeanor offense may also be required to complete a certain number of community service hours. Community service hours may involve work, which is beneficial to private or public nonprofit groups, the public in general, or public entities.
Sentences for misdemeanor convictions are not served in state correctional facilities, unless they are served concurrent with a term of imprisonment for a felony conviction.
Restitution will also typically be considered in association with a conviction resulting from plea bargaining or trial of a misdemeanor offense.
The Law Office of Monte J. Robbins, Esq., with offices located in Denver and Greeley, Colorado can provide you with the experience and knowledge that is critical in defending against misdemeanor charges anywhere in the State of Colorado. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor offense, call us immediately at 303-355-5148 to discuss your options.