When someone is convicted of a crime, that person is usually sentenced by the court to some penalty according to the classification of the offense (i.e., the class of the misdemeanor and/or felony charges associated with the conviction).
If, however, the conviction is associated with an extraordinary risk crime, the resulting penalties will usually be harsher. Below is a look at why, as well as what offenses are usually considered to be extraordinary risk crimes in Colorado.
Extraordinary Risk Crimes Defined: What Is an Extraordinary Risk Crime?
An extraordinary risk crime refers to any criminal offense that has been deemed to inflict an extra risk on human health, safety and/or life. Crimes are designated as extraordinary risk crimes by the Colorado legislature, and the intention behind this designation is to justify additional penalties for those who have been convicted of inflicting this “extra risk” on others.
The additional penalties that can be imposed in the event that a conviction for an extraordinary risk crime is handed down include (but may not be exclusive to) some combination of:
- Longer jail or prison sentences
- More expensive fines
- Longer parole/probation terms.
What Are Extraordinary Risk Crimes in Colorado?
The following have been designated as extraordinary risk crimes in Colorado:
- Aggravated robbery
- Any violent crimes
- Child abuse
- Drug offenses other than simple possession offenses (i.e., drug charges related to the sale, distribution, manufacturing and/or trafficking of narcotics, as well as charges related to the sale of materials used to manufacture controlled substances)
- Violation of a restraining/protective order (with at least one prior conviction of this offense).
Here, we also want to point out that the above list is not fixed; in other words, the Colorado legislature can (and does) add other offenses to this list, updating it periodically.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Charged with an Extraordinary Risk Crime?
If you have been charged with an extraordinary risk crime, having the strongest possible defense will be crucial to the outcome of your case, as well as your chances of avoiding some harsh penalties. This means that it’s generally best to retain a lawyer ASAP (and, ideally, during or immediately after an arrest).
With a lawyer on your side, you can be confident that your rights will be protected and that you will get the fair treatment you deserve.
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