Grand Junction Felony Criminal Defense Lawyers
After an Arrest in Mesa County, Call Us As Soon As Possible
If you’ve been charged with a felony in the State of Colorado, you need legal help right away. The penalties for a felony conviction can stick with you for the rest of your life, send you to prison for a long time, and hurt your ability to find work.
At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we’ve dedicated our careers to Western Slope residents, whether they have been charged with minor traffic offenses or major felonies. We believe everyone deserves to have their Constitutional rights upheld, and we know firsthand that our legal system doesn’t always treat the accused fairly. We will build a case based on your unique situation while treating you with courtesy and respect.
Every minute counts when you’re dealing with the criminal justice system in Mesa County. Contact our Grand Junction criminal lawyers today at (970) 243-4357 to schedule a free consultation.
What Are Colorado Felonies?
Felonies are the most serious crimes you can be charged with in Colorado, and they carry the stiffest penalties. They are divided into six classes, with varying degrees of severity.
The most lenient class, Class 6 felonies, includes criminal impersonation, theft of property valued between $2,000 and $5,000, unlawfully transporting explosives, and more. Sentencing can range from one year to 18 months in jail, and up to $100,000 in fines, with a mandatory year of parole. If the crime creates “extraordinary risk of harm” to another person, the maximum sentence increases to two years in prison.
Next up are Class 5 felonies, like third-degree burglary, criminally negligent homicide, criminal trespass, defrauding a savings and loan institution, and theft of property valued up to $20,000. The penalties range from one to three years in prison, with fines up to $100,000 and at least two years of parole. An extraordinary risk classification bumps the maximum penalty to four years.
A Class 4 felony might be manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, violating a custody order by taking a child out of the country, or second-degree assault. The maximum penalties for a Class 4 felony are six years in prison, plus $500,000 in fines and a mandatory three years of parole. If you are classified as an extraordinary risk felon, the maximum prison sentence increases to eight years.
You might be charged with a Class 3 felony for crimes such as aggravated robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree kidnapping, human trafficking, or second-degree murder. The penalties for these crimes max out at 12 years in prison, a $750,000 fine, and a mandatory parole period of three years. Extraordinary risk could add four years on top of the maximum prison term.
Class 2 felonies include first-degree kidnapping, sexual assault, trafficking of illegal aliens, and child abuse that results in the death of the child. The maximum prison sentence is 24 years in prison, with a $1,000,000 fine and three years of parole.
The most serious criminal charges in Colorado are Class 1 felonies. These are reserved for the most serious crimes, including first-degree murder and treason. The penalties include life in prison or the death penalty.
What Options Do I Have When Facing Felony Charges?
If the local police suspect you’ve committed a felony, you need to get professional help, even before you’re arrested. A capable lawyer will do everything in his power to get your charges reduced or dropped before your case goes to trial. The minute you engage the trial lawyers at Peters & Nolan, LLC, we’ll get to work building a strong defense on your behalf. We’ll investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident and look for mistakes or violations on the part of the investigating officers or the prosecution.
We know the stakes, and we care deeply about the welfare of our clients. We pledge to work with you to procure the best possible outcome. Our track record of success shows we can take on the most serious cases. Call a Grand Junction felony defense attorney today at (970) 243-4357 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
- Charges: Felony theft
∗ Result: Not guilty at trial
- Charges: Felony theft and trespass of an auto
∗ Result: Not guilty at trial
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∗ Not all criminal cases are the same. These results are from actual cases handled by the attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC. This is not a representation, guarantee or promise as to the results or outcome of your particular matter.
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Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.