Extraordinary risk crimes are offenses that are considered to be particularly egregious or reprehensible in the eyes of the law due to the risk, harm, injury or death they have caused another person (or due to the risk posed to the public in general). As such, extraordinary risk crimes are associated with far more severe penalties than other crimes that would be classified in the same felony class (i.e., an extraordinary risk crime that is a Class 3 felony could be punishable by far harsher penalties than a standard Class 3 felony offense).
As of 2011, Colorado criminal law set forth some specific guidelines regarding which types of criminal offenses would be defined as extraordinary risk crimes, and these include (but are not limited to):
- Aggravated robbery – the use of a weapon when attempting to steal money or other valuables from one or more individuals (C.R.S. § 18-4-302)
- Sex offenses against children
- Child abuse – including physical, emotional or sexual abuse against one or more children (C.R.S. § 18-6-401)
- Drug trafficking (C.R.S. § 18-18-405) and/or the distribution of paraphernalia for the purposes of manufacturing illegal narcotics (C.R.S. § 18-18-412)
- Assault, attempted murder, homicide and other violent crimes (C.R.S. § 18-13-406)
While such crimes will be associated with significantly longer prison sentences if a person is convicted of them, the potential penalties do not end with prison; convictions for extraordinary risk crimes also are generally associated with extremely expensive fines (which can be double what they would be for other crimes in the same felony class) and lengthy parole periods (which, in the most serious cases, can last a lifetime).
Denver Criminal Defense Lawyers
The authorities take allegations of extraordinary risk crimes, particularly those that allegedly involve victims who are children, extremely seriously, and these charges – even if a person is ultimately acquitted of them – can have a devastating impact on a person’s personal and professional life. If you or a loved one has been accused of any extraordinary risk crime in Denver, you will need an experienced defense attorney who is dedicated to defending your rights.
At the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, our skilled Denver criminal defense lawyers are committed to providing the accused with the best possible defense and to working tirelessly to helping them resolve their case as favorably as possible. To learn more about your legal rights and receive expert advice on how to proceed with your case, contact us at (720) 379-8262.