Colorado is a leading hotspot for car thefts, the third highest in the nation. The Denver Metro area has been heavily hit with motor vehicle thefts, reported by CBS Channel 4. The news outlet revealed that about 3,000 car thefts are reported in the state monthly, with Denver having 73% of the state’s total car thefts, a 120% increase over the prior year. Broomfield County has had a staggering 352% increase in car thefts, with Douglas County a 164% increase, and Jefferson County up 135%.
Felonies are the most serious crimes with the stiffest penalties. They typically involve violence and are usually punishable by imprisonment for more than one year or death. The right to a court-appointed attorney is usually triggered by felony charges. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes and usually carry penalties that include jail time up to one year. They are charged by written indictment, and low-income defendants may not be entitled to a court-appointed attorney in many jurisdictions.
In Colorado, you must have permission from the land owner before entering private property. Hunters can be charged with trespassing violations without realizing they were committing a crime. Private lands do not have to be fenced or posted, and it is too easy to wander onto them accidentally when you are out hunting. Trespassing is a serious offense. A conviction can have a negative impact on your future, including criminal penalties and loss of your hunting privileges.