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Petty Offense

In Colorado, there are two classes of Petty Offenses. A Class 1 Petty Offense carries a possible penalty of six months in jail and a fine of five hundred dollars. A Class 2 Petty Offense is punishable by a fine only. The fine amount for a Class 2 Petty Offense is stated within the statute of the offense charged. In Colorado, a person may be arrested by a law enforcement officer when a crime occurs in the officer’s presence. This includes both Class 1 and Class 2 Petty Offenses. Although a person may construe a “petty offense” as something trivial, this error in evaluating the case can lead to a permanent criminal record that is easily accessible by potential employers, schools, licensing agencies, and the general public. Thus, it is never advisable to simply plead guilty to a Petty Offense, or any criminal offense, without considering all of the collateral consequences associated with the case. An experienced criminal lawyer may be able to get the case dismissed or achieve a resolution that will not result in a conviction. If the case does not result in a conviction, it may be eligible for a record seal.

It’s also important to note that there are many special rules and procedures for Petty Offenses. One of such rules indicates that a child under eighteen years of age is not entitled to a jury trial for a violation of a municipal ordinance or county ordinance for which imprisonment is not a possibility. An adult who wants a jury trial for her Petty Offense has to make a request in writing to the court within twenty-one days after entry of a plea of not guilty and pay a jury fee of twenty-five dollars. If she wants six jurors, rather than the minimum three, she must indicate this in her request.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a Petty Offense, contact Attorney Monte Robbins today for a free case evaluation at 303-355-5148 or 970-301-5541.

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"An excellent lawyer choice for my son who was charged with driving while his license was revoked. DMV had mistakenly sent (3) letters of revocation to the incorrect address, so I hired Monty to prove that my son never knew his license was revoked. Monty kept me informed at all times as to what was happening and what he doing to prove my son's innocence in this matter. We were to appear in court on 29 March 2012 and Monte informed us on 27 March 2012, that the case had been dismissed!!! Monte charged a fair, flat rate for what he did in this matter and should the need arise to hire a lawyer or to recommend a lawyer, I would not hesitate to give Monte's name.” Linda
"I consulted three other attorneys on my traffic offense in Colorado and none of them thought I could beat it. Then I consulted with Monte Robbins. He not only relieved my warrant without my presence in Colorado, but he got my habitual driving offense reduced to an infraction. I was up against the wall on this case but thanks to Monte miracles are possible. I have hired my share of attorneys and Monte Robbins has produced the best results for me yet. After being without my driving privileges for ten years I paid a small fine and am legal with a clean record. I Highly recommend this attorney." Steve
"I hired Monte J. Robbins to represent me. He gave 110% to my case never rushed me off the phone, quick to gather all information regarding my case. Monte is very knowledgeable and helped me out a lot. He kept me informed every step of the way through my case. I was always able to get a hold of him for any questions i had. The outcome of my case was way better then i had expected. Monte did a excellent job on my case and I would highly recommend him to anyone. Monte won my case and I am confident that he can do the same for anyone else." Jeremy