Class 1 Felonies in Colorado (C.R.S. 18-1.3-401)
(Explained by Colorado criminal defense attorneys)

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Class 1 felonies are the most serious category of Colorado felony crimes, and they carry the harshest penalties.

What are class 1 felonies in Colorado?

Colorado law subdivides felonies into six categories, from class 1 to class 6. Class 1 felonies are the most serious category of Colorado felonies, and they carry the harshest punishment. Examples of Colorado class one felonies include:

See the full list of Colorado class 1 felonies.

What are class 1 felony penalties in Colorado?

The minimum sentence for class 1 felonies is:

  • Life in prison

The maximum sentence for class 1 felonies is:

  • Death

Note that there is no mandatory parole period for a class 1 felony in Colorado.

Other class 1 felony facts in Colorado

People charged with a class 1 felony in Colorado have the constitutional right to a jury trial of twelve jurors. Class 1 felonies are considered deportable offenses or crimes involving moral turpitude. As a result, aliens who are convicted of class 1 felonies are vulnerable to being thrown out of the country in the unlikely event they are released from prison.

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