Class 1 Misdemeanors in Colorado (C.R.S. 18-1.3-501)
(Explained by Colorado criminal defense attorneys)

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Class 1 misdemeanors are the most serious category of misdemeanors in Colorado.

What are class 1 misdemeanors in Colorado?

Colorado law divides misdemeanors into three categories, from class 1 to class 3. Class 1 misdemeanors are the most serious category of Colorado misdemeanors. Furthermore, class 1 misdemeanors are further subdivided into two categories:

  1. Class 1 misdemeanors, and 
  2. Class 1 extraordinary risk misdemeanors 

According to Colorado law, extraordinary risk misdemeanors are misdemeanors that present a high probability of harm to society.

Class 1 misdemeanors

Common examples of class 1 misdemeanors in Colorado include:

See the full list of Colorado class 1 misdemeanors.

Class 1 extraordinary risk misdemeanors

Common examples of class 1 misdemeanors with extraordinary risk in Colorado include:

What are class 1 misdemeanor penalties in Colorado?

The punishment turns on whether the offense is classified in Colorado as a class 1 misdemeanor with or without extraordinary risk:

Class 1 misdemeanor penalties

The minimum penalty for class 1 misdemeanors is:

  • 6 months in jail and/or $500 in fines

The maximum penalty for class 1 misdemeanors is:

  • 18 months in jail and/or $5,000 in fines

Extraordinary risk class 1 misdemeanor penalties

The minimum penalty for class 1 extraordinary risk misdemeanors is:

  • 6 months in jail and/or $500 in fines

The maximum penalty for class 1 extraordinary risk misdemeanors is:

  • 24 months in jail and/or $5,000 in fines

Note that the sentence for third degree assault increases to 24 – 48 months in jail and/or a fine of $500 - $5,000 if the victim was performing his/her duties as a:

Other class 1 misdemeanor facts in Colorado

Anyone charged with a class 1 misdemeanor in Colorado has the constitutional right to a jury trial of six people. (With the court's permission, the defendant can elect to have a bench trial or a smaller jury of five, four, or three people.) And depending on the case, the defendant might be able to have the case sealed from his/her criminal record.

Even though class 1 misdemeanors are not as grave as felonies, some of them qualify as deportable offenses or crimes involving moral turpitude. Therefore, non-citizens convicted of certain class 1 misdemeanors are susceptible to deportation from the U.S.

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