Guide to Criminal Penalties in Colorado

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Guide Explaining the Possible Sentence Range for your Charge.

Please use this guide to determine how much time you are facing if you lose your case based on the crime’s category.

Felony Penalties

Felony Sentencing Guidelines
  • F1 – range from Life Sentence to Capital Punishment
  • F2 – presumptive range from 8-24 years. 4-48 possible for exceptional circumstances
  • F3 – presumptive range from 4-12 years. 2-24 possible for exceptional circumstances
  • F4- Presumptive Range from 2-6 years. 1-12 possible for exceptional circumstances
  • F5 – Presumptive Range from 1-3 years. 6 months to 6 years possible for exceptional circumstances.
  • F6 – Presumptive range from 1-1.5 years. 6 months to 3 years possible for exceptional circumstances.

Extraordinary Risk Felony Penalties

Extraordinary Risk Felony Guidelines
  • F1 – range from Life Sentence to Capital Punishment
  • F2 – presumptive range from 8-24 years. 4-48 possible for exceptional circumstances
  • F3 – presumptive range from 4-16 years. 2-32 possible for exceptional circumstances
  • F4- Presumptive Range from 2-8 years. 1-16 possible for exceptional circumstances
  • F5 – Presumptive Range from 1-4 years. 6 months to 8 years possible for exceptional circumstances.
  • F6 – Presumptive range from 1-2 years. 6 months to 4 years possible for exceptional circumstances.
Extraordinary Risk Crimes include:
  • Aggravated Robbery
  • Child Abuse
  • Unlawful Distribution, Manufacturing, dispensing, sale, or possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, distribute, manufacture, or dispense
  • Any crime of violence as defined in section 18-1.3-406
  • Stalking
  • Sale of materials to manufacture controlled substances

Misdemeanor Penalties

Misdemeanor Sentencing Guidelines
  • M1 – Presumptive range from 6 months to 18 months.
  • M2 – Presumptive range from 3 months to 12 months.circumstances
  • M3 – Presumptive range from 0 months to 6 months.

Note: For extraordinary risk misdemeanors, the maximum penalty for a Class 1 misdemeanor is 24 months. All other penalties remain the same.

Because of the severity of these penalties, you should thoughtfully consider all of your options.  If you consider all of your options and the strengths and weaknesses of each option, with your attorney, you will be able to arrive at the decision that is right for you.

If you have specific questions or would like to speak with an attorney about your legal criminal defense needs, please call Mountain Legal in Denver Colorado at 303-586-1731 or email us at nbaca@mtnlegal.com

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Nathaniel has worked in criminal law on both sides of the aisle spending time working for the prosecution as well as the defense. Most recently Nathaniel has represented individuals in violent felonies and drug cases. Prior to this work, Nathaniel handled DWIs, Domestic Violence Cases, Property Crimes, and White Collar Crimes. On the prosecutorial side, Nathaniel has most notably worked in Bosnia helping to prosecute individuals who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Bosnian War from 1993-1995. In particular, Nathaniel helped in the prosecution of military leaders who arranged for the organized murders and rapes of innocent civilians in various towns in Bosnia. Nathaniel is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Northwestern University, and Phillips Exeter Academy. Google Profile: Nathaniel Baca