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Sentencing in Denver: How Long Are Jail and Prison Sentences in Colorado?

Posted by Terry O'Malley | Feb 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

When it comes to determining a possible jail or prison sentence in Denver and across Colorado, there are many factors.  Determining the length of a county jail sentence or a Colorado Department of Corrections prison sentence starts with whether you are convicted of a felony or misdemeanor offense. The class of felony or misdemeanor crime you are convicted of is important too. Felony offense convictions can lead to a Colorado Department of Corrections prison sentence, while misdemeanor crime convictions can lead to a county jail sentence. Probation sentences are a possibility as well.

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How Long is a Misdemeanor Sentence in Jefferson County?

Misdemeanor sentence lengths in Jefferson County are as follows:

Class of Misdemeanor Misdemeanor Jail Time Class 1 Misdemeanor 6 months to 18 months in Jefferson County Jail Class 2 Misdemeanor 3 months to 12 months in county jail Class 3 Misdemeanor Up to 6 months in county jail

How Long is a Felony Sentence in Adams County?

Felony sentence lengths in Adams County are as follows:

Class of Felony Colorado Department of Corrections Sentence Class 1 Felony Life or Death Class 2 Felony 8 years to 24 years in Colorado Department of Corrections Class 3 Felony 4 years to 12 years in DOC Class 4 Felony 2 years to 6 years in DOC Class 5 Felony 1 year to 3 years in DOC Class 6 Felony 1 year to 18 months in DOC

Indeterminate Sentencing for Sexual Assault and Other Sex Crimes in Arapahoe County

In Arapahoe County, sexual offense convictions have the possibility of an indeterminate prison sentence. What this means is that a judge can give a defendant a minimum prison sentence, but no maximum prison sentence. An example of an indeterminate prison sentence may be if a defendant receives a prison sentence from 4 years to life. Some sexual offenses which have the possibility for an indeterminate prison sentence include Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault on a Child, Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust, Enticement of a Child, Incest, Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child, Aggravated Sexual Assault on a Client by a Psychotherapist, or Sexual Exploitation of a Child. In addition, those convicted of sex crimes will be labeled Sex Offenders, which has many separate consequences.

How Long is a Probation Sentence for Felony or Misdemeanor Offenses in Douglas County and Castle Rock?

In Douglas County and Castle Rock, there is a five year limit to a probation sentence for a misdemeanor conviction, but no limit to a possible probation sentence for a felony conviction.  Probation is also not possible for a class 1 felony or petty offense. Additionally, a Douglas County judge may sentence a defendant to up to a 90-day jail sentence for a felony probation sentence, or 2 years of work release for a felony probation sentence. For a misdemeanor probation sentence, a judge may sentence a defendant to 60 days in the Douglas County Jail.

Extraordinary Risk Crimes in El Paso County: Sentence for Extraordinary Risk Crimes

In El Paso County and across Colorado, there are certain criminal offenses which are considered extraordinary risk crimes. These are crimes considered to pose an extraordinary risk of harm to society. Some misdemeanor extraordinary risk crimes include Assault in the 3rd Degree, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, misdemeanor Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, or misdemeanor Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification. Some felony extraordinary risk crimes include Aggravated Robbery, felony Child Abuse, any crime of violence, Stalking, and Assault in the 2nd Degree involving strangulation.  Since these criminal offenses are considered to pose an extraordinary risk of harm to society, the possible sentencing lengths are longer.

Felony or Misdemeanor Extraordinary Risk Crime Extraordinary Risk Crime Jail or Prison Sentence Class 3 Felony Extraordinary Risk Crime 4 years to 16 years in Colorado Department of Corrections Class 4 Felony Extraordinary Risk Crime 2 years to 8 years in DOC Class 5 Felony Extraordinary Risk Crime 1 year to 4 years in DOC Class 6 Felony Extraordinary Risk Crime 1 year to 2 years in DOC Class 1 Misdemeanor Extraordinary Risk Crime 6 months to 24 months in Arapahoe County Jail

Sentencing Lawyer in Denver: Call the O'Malley Law Office

As you can see, there are many possible sentencing options in Denver if you are accused of committing a crime. Some crimes, such as sexual offenses and extraordinary risk crimes, will have special sentencing which varies from the presumptive range of sentencing. If you or someone you love is facing criminal charges in Colorado, always remain silent and consult a criminal defense attorney immediately. The criminal defense lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office offer a free initial consultation to talk with you and help you figure out how to move forward with your criminal case. Call us to set up a meeting with one of our experienced criminal lawyers today.

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If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in Colorado and you have more questions about possible sentencing options, be smart and exercise your right to remain silent. Then, contact the best criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880 for a free consultation. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation

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