What To Know About Mandatory Sentencing In Colorado

Under recent changes to Colorado law, people found guilty of certain offenses classified as "crimes of violence" receive a mandatory prison sentence. Judges are required to sentence these individuals to a certain amount of time to be served in the Department of Corrections.

Many people convicted of crimes in Colorado are eligible for parole after serving a lower percentage of their imposed prison sentence. This means the actual amount of time served is often much less than the original sentence. However, this amount increases with a violent crime designation. Individuals convicted of violent crimes must serve 75 percent of their sentence in the Department of Corrections.

Don't Take Chances With Sentencing

Defendants who fail to understand this distinction may be at risk of accepting a plea deal that carries much more prison time than they expect. Once you are sentenced or accept a plea deal, it is virtually impossible to go back and get a lesser sentence. It is critical to fully understand the stakes and do everything possible to secure an optimal outcome the first time around.

At Anaya-McKedy, P.C., we understand the legal requirements and the practical realities of mandatory criminal sentencing in Colorado. As former prosecutors, attorneys Eric Anaya and Cynthia McKedy know what charges the prosecution is likely to pursue and how that could affect the ultimate sentence.

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