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Sarah Christensen Attorney At Law, P.C. - Attorney Colorado Springs

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"Justitia Omnibus"

(Justice For All)

"There is one way in this country in which all men are created equal -- there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court." - Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird

Prison Misdemeanor Gavel

 

Misdemeanors are often victimless crimes such as disorderly conduct, trespassing, prostitution or public intoxication. These crimes often come with a year or less of jail time.  Many of these cases do not go to trial. You and I will work as a team to devise solutions that may leads to a successful resolution of your charges without a trial.  Often an agreement is received that includes things like community service and substance treatment.   I will give you a vigorous defense against the charges no matter what they are.

Depending on the severity of the crime you are charged with, you will either face felony charges or misdemeanor charges. In general, less serious criminal offenses are considered misdemeanors, while more serious criminal offenses are labeled as felonies. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, you should contact me immediately so that we can be proactive even before your first court date.

In addition to possible jail time and hefty fines, misdemeanor charges often come with mandatory community service requirements and probation.

Class

Minimum Penalty

Maximum Penalty

1

6 months/$500

18 months/$5,000

1 (Extraordinary Risk)

6 months/$500

24 months/$5,000

2

3 months/$250

12 months/$1,000

3

$50

6 months/$750

Misdemeanors

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  • Class One Misdemeanors: Class one misdemeanors are the most severe with 18 months imprisonment and/or $5000 fine. In some situations, a judge may even choose to extend the penalty to longer than 18 months if the crime is determined to be an “extraordinary risk crime”.

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  • Class Two Misdemeanors: Class two misdemeanors are less severe by nature and come with a maximum 12 months imprisonment and/or a thousand dollar fine.

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  • Class Three Misdemeanors: Class three misdemeanors come with a maximum of 6 months imprisonment and/or a $750 fine.

 

In addition to possible jail time and hefty fines, misdemeanor charges often come with mandatory community service requirements and probationary periods.

 

Even though misdemeanor crimes are less severe than felonies, they can have devastating and far-reaching consequences. Misdemeanor convictions can significantly hamper a person’s ability to find a job. Many companies will not hire someone with a criminal record, no matter how small, and some professional licenses may even be revoked based on a misdemeanor conviction. In addition, if you are sentenced to jail time, your incarceration can place a tremendous amount of pressure and burden on family members left behind. Without proper legal representation, you may find yourself paying much too high of a price if you proceed without a strong lawyer on your side.

 

You should never have to face criminal charges alone, no matter how small. If you are charged with a misdemeanor, contact Sarah Christensen Attorney At Law, P.C.. As a skilled criminal defense attorney I will be on your side to help you avoid exorbitant fees and unnecessary jail time.  

 

Sarah Christensen - 719-634-7770

Our mission is to work closely with you to develop the best legal strategies to fight the charges against you; to enter plea negations if you wish to; and to always strive for the best outcome for you, keeping in mind the effects on the people you care most about.