Class 3 Misdemeanors in Colorado (C.R.S. 18-1.3-501)
(Explained by Colorado criminal defense attorneys)

What are class 3 misdemeanors in Colorado?

Colorado law subdivides misdemeanors into three tiers, from class 1 to class 3. Class 3 misdemeanors are the least serious category of Colorado misdemeanors. Common examples of class 3 misdemeanors in Colorado include:

See the full list of Colorado class 3 misdemeanors.

What are class 3 misdemeanor penalties in Colorado?

The minimum penalty for class 3 misdemeanors is:

  • $50 in fines

The maximum penalty for class 3 misdemeanors is:

  • 6 months in jail and/or $750 in fines

Note that if a person is convicted of a class 3 misdemeanor for reckless endangerment, and the victim was a mental health professional performing his/her duties at the Colorado Department of Human Services, the sentencing range is 6 – 12 months in jail, and/or a fine of $50 to $750.

Other class 3 misdemeanor facts in Colorado

People arrested for class 3 misdemeanors in Colorado have the constitutional right to a jury trial of six jurors. (With the court's approbation, the defendant choose to submit to a bench trial or a tinier jury of five, four, or three jurors.) Depending on the situation of the case, the defendant may be eligible for a record seal at some point.

Though class 3 misdemeanors are not nearly as serious as felonies, some of them are legally considered deportable offenses or crimes involving moral turpitude. As a result, aliens who are convicted of certain class 3 misdemeanors might be vulnerable to being thrown out of the country.

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