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Colorado Law: Felonies

Most crimes committed in Colorado fall into three categories: Petty Offenses, Misdemeanors and Felonies. Felonies are the only category of crimes that expose a person to a Community Corrections or prison sentence. Community Corrections are often referred to as “Half-way Houses.” They are facilities, such as large homes, where inmates live, hold jobs in the community, and pay rent. If a Community Corrections sentence gets revoked, then the person spends the rest of his or her sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections, or prison. The amount of exposure depends upon the seriousness, and thus, the class, of felony. Felonies range from Class 1 to Class 6, with Class 6 being the least serious. While most felony convictions permit a sentencing judge to consider a probationary sentence, many do not, particularly if they are classified as a “crime of violence.” Some are not eligible for a probationary sentence due to their criminal history.

Colorado recently changed the laws surrounding drug felonies. These felonies are generally treated as less serious, and in many instances can “wobble” into a misdemeanor.

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