As experienced defense attorneys in Fort Collins, we’ve witnessed firsthand the highs and lows of criminal law. Until you find yourself in serious legal trouble, you may not even be that familiar with the terms, “felony” and “misdemeanor.” From time to time, everyone makes bad choices. However, when your mistake results in a felony or a misdemeanor, your entire life could be impacted. It’s important to find the best legal representation in order to protect your rights and avoid the worst-case scenario. Today we would like to discuss felony and misdemeanor charges in more detail:
The most serious type of criminal charge in Colorado, a felony conviction could impact the rest of your life. Felony cases can be quite traumatic for both you and your family. If convicted of a felony, you could face a substantial financial fine, a mandatory minimum prison sentence, and restitution to the victim. Although facing a felony offense is a harsh reality, finding the right criminal lawyer could turn around what seems like a hopeless case.
OUR MISDEMEANOR STRATEGY
One of the most central figures in your felony case is the prosecutor. Often under pressure by the public to administer harsh convictions in felony cases, the prosecutors will do whatever it takes to enact what they consider to be justice. Our criminal attorneys examine the knowledge of the ways in which the District Attorney could prosecute your case and judge expectations.
FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEYS
Part of the reason that Roselle and Breitigam are such effective criminal defense attorneys is due to their years of experience working as Deputy District Attorneys. Their experience provides them with an in-depth understanding of both sides of criminal law. By working closely with the DA’s office, we try to find you the best outcome in order to protect your future. Additionally, their specialized knowledge expands to all areas of the criminal court process, such as legal motions to protect your rights and the discovery of evidence.
Less serious than a felony charge, a misdemeanor refers to an offense charged by either a state entity or a municipal entity that can result in a county jail sentence. If a District Attorney determines that your crime requires more of a sentence than a fine and community service but not penalties as serious as those associated with felony convictions, then they could charge you with a misdemeanor.
THREE CLASSES OF MISDEMEANORS
Depending upon the crime you are accused of, misdemeanors fall into three categories. Class One misdemeanors usually involve theft, excessive property damage, or bodily injury. Class Two and Class Three misdemeanors are more varied, and their convictions are determined by the severity of the offense.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MISDEMEANORS
Just because you are not facing a felony conviction does not mean that you shouldn’t take a misdemeanor offense seriously. Some misdemeanor offenses include DUIs, DWAIs, weapons charges, probation violations, fraud, embezzlement, car burglary, homicide, domestic violence, drug charges, assault, campus crimes, petty theft, credit card theft, ID theft, repeat traffic offenders, stalking, harassment, and more.
WHEN TO CONTACT CRIMINAL LAWYERS
If you’ve been charged with a felony or a misdemeanor or you might be under investigation, contact Roselle and Breitigam as soon as possible. It’s important not to provide the police with any statements. We start preparing our defense as soon as possible so that your rights are protected.=
WHY CHOOSE ROSELLE AND BREITIGAM?
With years of experience behind us, we thoroughly investigate the entire case so that we can estimate its every possible outcome. Whether you are seeking a reduced sentence or a plea deal, we will aggressively pursue your best possible outcome. Sometimes we are even able to deal with the police prior to filing charges, which could limit the charges against you.
Not only are we effective, experienced lawyers, but we also treat our clients with the respect and the discretion that they deserve. If you are interested in hiring our criminal lawyers in Fort Collins, email our firm today. Not only do we represent clients in Fort Collins, but we also serve clients in the rest of Larimer County and Weld County. If you find yourself in a situation in which you cannot come to our law firm, we will travel to you.