What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
Colorado statutes define which crimes are misdemeanors and which are felonies. Misdemeanor crimes are generally less severe crimes in terms of violence or dollar amounts of thefts or damage. Misdemeanor convictions carry sentences that can only be served in the county jail and do not exceed 2 years for even the most severe crime.
Felony crimes carry possible sentences in the department of corrections (prison). A person convicted of a felony can be sentenced anywhere from probation to the death penalty, depending on the level of the crime (class 1 through class 6 felony) and the seriousness of the offense.
If you are charged with a crime, an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands Colorado laws can help explain the type of crime you are facing, as well as the potential penalties associated with those crimes.
For more information about misdemeanors, see Misdemeanors
For more information about felonies, see Felonies