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Colorado felonies and penalties vary based on several factors

If you are facing a criminal charge in Colorado, you probably have a lot of questions. Many of these can be answered by your legal counsel, while others you can get answers to if you know what suspects of various crimes may face in a court of law.

2 ways you could unknowingly commit a felony crime

Ignorance of the law isn't a defense. If it were, we could ignore all laws and -- after getting arrested and accused of a crime -- achieve a verdict of not guilty simply by claiming that we didn't realize we were doing anything wrong. That said, there are many felony crimes that people commit without ever realizing it. Here are two examples:

When is it a crime to have a plastic bag in my pocket?

Believe it or not, there are certain circumstances when possessing a completely innocuous item, such as a plastic bag or a piece of tinfoil, is actually a crime. It all boils down to drug paraphernalia possession and the context in which you possess certain items that -- given any other context -- would be perfectly fine to have on your person.

If you're convicted of felony DUI, you'll serve time

With the passage of HB-17-1288, everyone convicted of felony DUI in Colorado will now have to go to jail. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill on June 6, 2017, and the law goes into effect on August 9, 2017. From that date forward, anyone who is convicted of a fourth or subsequent DUI will have to serve between 90 to 180 days in county jail with no time off for good behavior.

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