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Misdemeanor Crimes Colorado

Misdemeanor Crimes in Colorado 

In Colorado, a misdemeanor is a crime punishable by:

  • Misdemeanor probation, 
  • Up to 18 months in jail, and/or 
  • A fine of up to $5,000

Categories of Misdemeanors in Colorado 

  • Class 1 Misdemeanors (most serious) 
  • Class 2 Misdemeanors 
  • Class 3 Misdemeanors (less serious) 

For each misdemeanor classification, there is a “presumptive” sentencing range. This is the range that applies if there are no aggravating factors and a defendant is sentenced to jail and/or a fine. Certain misdemeanors that present an extraordinary risk of harm to society may be punished by up to 6 months more in jail than the presumptive range. 

What are extraordinary risk misdemeanors? 

Colorado law specifies certain circumstances in which the presumptive range of punishment for a misdemeanor can be increased (or, more rarely, decreased). If you are convicted of a misdemeanor that is a Colorado extraordinary risk crime, the minimum sentence for your offense will remain the same, but the maximum possible sentence will increase by up to six months. 

Extraordinary risk misdemeanors include: 

  • Assault in the third degree, 
  • Sexual assault, 
  • Unlawful sexual contact, 
  • Child abuse, 
  • Second and subsequent violations of a protection order, 
  • Misdemeanor failure to register as a sex offender, and 
  • Misdemeanor invasion of privacy for sexual gratification 


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