Class 2 Petty Offenses in Colorado (C.R.S. 18-1.3-503)
(Explained by Colorado criminal defense attorneys)

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What are class 2 petty offenses in Colorado?

Like they sound, petty offenses are a category of Colorado crimes that are less serious than Colorado felonies and Colorado misdemeanors. Petty offenses, in turn, are divided into two categories:

  1. Colorado class 1 petty offenses, and
  2. Colorado class 2 petty offenses

Common examples of class 2 petty offenses in Colorado include:

  • The Colorado crime of littering
  • The California crime of giving or selling an underage person cigarettes or tobacco
  • The Colorado crime of an underage person purchasing cigarettes or tobacco (or attempting to)

See the full list of Colorado class 2 petty offenses.

What are class 2 petty offense penalties in Colorado?

The penalty for class 2 petty offenses is defined in the individual crime statutes. The penalties involve only small fines and not jail.

Other class 2 petty offense facts in Colorado

People facing a petty offense charge in  Colorado can have a jury trial of no less than three jurors, but he/she has to adhere to proper procedure in order to get it:

  • Within twenty-one (21) days after entering a plea of not guilty, the defendant has to put in writing a request to the court to have a jury trial; and
  • The defendant must pay a twenty-five dollar fee (unless the defendant is indigent, and it will be returned if the case is dismissed); and
  • If the defendant prefers a jury of four, five, or six jurors instead of three, the defendant needs to include that in the written request.

If the defendant opts not to have a jury trial, he/she can have a bench trial (where the verdict is decided by a judge).

Depending on the case, class 2 petty offense may be sealable from the defendant's criminal record. Even though class 2 petty offenses are the least serious crimes, there is always a possibility that it could be construed as a deportable offenses or crimes involving moral turpitude. Therefore, non-citizens facing petty offenses need to consult experienced counsel to help safeguard their resident status.

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