Class 1 Misdemeanors in Colorado (CRS 18-1.3-501)

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1. What are class 1 misdemeanors in Colorado?

Class 1 misdemeanors are Colorado's most serious class of misdemeanors. Right below felonies. Meanwhile, class 1 misdemeanors are one rung above class 2 misdemeanors and two rungs above class 3 misdemeanors. Class 1 misdemeanors also have a subclass of extraordinary risk misdemeanors. These crimes present a high risk of harm to society.

1.1. Class 1 misdemeanors

Common examples include:

See the full list of class 1 misdemeanors.

1.2. Class 1 extraordinary risk misdemeanors

Common examples include:

2. What are class 1 misdemeanor penalties in Colorado?

Typical punishments include:

  • 6 months to 18 months in jail, and/or
  • $500 to $5,000 in fines

But high risk class 1 misdemeanors carry up to 24 months in jail. 

The maximum sentence can be 48 months for 3rd-degree assault (CRS 18-3-204). But only if the victim was on duty as a:

Defendants have the right to a jury trial of six people. Probation is a sentencing option. And certain cases may be sealable.

Some misdemeanors are crimes involving moral turpitude. Non-citizens convicted of these offenses face deportation.

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