Under Colorado criminal law, if you are convicted of a third felony, your sentencing guidelines will be much harsher. There is also another habitual offender criminal law that states that if you are charged with a Class 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 felony and were found guilty of two other felonies in the past ten years, you will be labeled a habitual offender.
What Sentences Are Handed Down if Convicted of a Felony?
Anyone who is convicted of a fourth felony will be subject to a prison term that is four times longer than the maximum sentence allowed under criminal law in the presumptive range. If you are convicted of a felony after already serving a sentence in a criminal case for your third felony, you are subject to a mandatory sentence of life in prison without eligibility for parole for 40 years. If you are convicted of a felony DUI or DWI, you will have to pay fines, have your license revoked, and have your vehicle impounded in addition to jail time.
How Can a Criminal Defense Attorney Help?
A criminal defense lawyer may be able to reduce the sentence for your felony by building a solid criminal case and a strong defense. A criminal lawyer with experience in habitual offender criminal cases has knowledge of the criminal laws and precedence in previous criminal cases that may help your case. You should meet with a defense attorney in your area for legal advice, and to determine whether or not he can help you with your criminal case.