When it comes to criminal defense, there are many options a client has, many ways the case can be handled. There may be more defenses available than a client was aware of and each one is important to consider when defending in a criminal case, from a misdemeanor to a felony.
If you’ve been arrested and are facing domestic violence charges, it’s of the utmost importance to have a criminal defense attorney representing you. Immediately upon being arrested, you should invoke your right to remain silent so you do not inadvertently provide law enforcement with information that may be used against you.
When you are accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Colorado, you face stiff potential penalties. Not only will you have fines to pay, but if your blood alcohol levels are high enough, you are involved in a crash or you are accused of a repeat offense, you may also face the loss of your license and the potential for jail time. That is why it is vital that you talk with a qualified Colorado DUI attorney when you are facing these accusations. Joel Fry, Attorney at Law, is here to assist you with your case.
Anyone who is arrested is concerned about their future. However, if you’re facing felony charges in Colorado, you could be facing jail time regardless of how serious the crime is you are charged with. Colorado classifies crimes by class and level depending on the severity. The current classifications are class 1 felonies, class 2 felonies, class 3 felonies, class 4 felonies, class 5 felonies, class 6 felonies, levels 1 through 4 drug felonies and unclassified felonies. Unclassified felonies are those that are not addressed in other areas of the Colorado constitution and a conviction will normally result in substantial fines and time in a state prison.
In Colorado as across the country, misdemeanors carry much lower penalties than felonies but both are more serious than petty offenses. To begin to know your options if you have been accused or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, it is important to know the difference between the two.
While many traffic offenses are minor and can be handled by simply paying a fine or requesting a court date to prove corrections were made to the vehicle (for example a broken tail light) or documentation (presenting a valid insurance card before the traffic court). Other minor offenses may include moving violations (failure to signal a turn, running a red light) or parking citations. Other instances may best be served by legal representation.