When you are facing criminal charges in Colorado, especially felony charges, it is important to understand the charges you are facing and to work with an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney.
Colorado has several different classes of felony offenses, and today we want to provide you with more information about a class 4 felony Colorado offense.
Understanding Felony Classifications in Colorado
If you are facing criminal charges or a loved one has been charged with a felony offense, you probably want to know: what is a class 4 felony in Colorado, and how are different felony offenses classified? Generally speaking, Colorado law recognizes numerous categories of
The most serious crimes in the state are classified as felony offenses, and those felony offenses are classified further as class 1 felony offenses through class 6 felony offenses. Class 1 felony offenses are the most serious, while class 6 felony offenses are the least serious type of felony charge.
Accordingly, class 4 felony offenses are not the most serious, but they are not the least serious, either.
Examples of Class 4 Felony Colorado
What are some examples of class 4 felony offenses in Colorado? Under Colorado law, there are many different offenses that are charged as class 4 felonies, and the following are a handful of examples:
- Attempt to commit a class 3 felony;
- Vehicular homicide;
- Assault in the second degree;
- Second degree kidnapping;
- Enticement of a child with the intent to commit sexual assault or unlawful sexual contact;
- Internet luring of a child;
- Sexual assault;
- Second degree arson;
- Second degree burglary;
- Possessing a dangerous or illegal weapon; and
- Unlawful purchase of firearms.
Penalties for a Class 4 Felony Colorado
Generally speaking, the penalties for a class 4 felony Colorado include:
- Minimum prison sentence of 2 years;
- Maximum prison sentence of 6 years; and/or
- Monetary fine of anywhere from $2,000 to $500,000.
In addition to those penalties, a class 4 felony conviction also results in a 3-year mandatory parole period. When it comes to sentencing for felony offenses in Colorado, it is essential to know that each felony class has its specific sentencing guidelines.
Felony offenses can also fall into one of five “special sentencing categories,” for which the sentencing guidelines may be much stricter. Those special sentencing categories include:
- Crimes with extraordinary aggravating or mitigating circumstances;
- Crimes of violence;
- Crimes with specific extraordinary aggravating circumstances;
- Crimes with sentencing-enhancing circumstances; and
- Crimes presenting an extraordinary risk of harm to society.
In addition, if a person is charged with a class 4 felony and has been deemed either a “habitual offender” or a “special offender” based on that person’s criminal history, the possible sentence may be increased.
Contact a Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney Today
If you are facing class 4 felony charges in Colorado, it is extremely important to begin working on your defense with an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney. A lawyer at our firm can discuss possible defense strategies with you today Contact Miller Leonard, PC for more information.