Class 2 Felonies in Colorado (C.R.S. 18-1.3-401)
(Explained by Colorado criminal defense attorneys)

What are class 2 felonies in Colorado?

Colorado law subdivides felonies into six categories, from class 1 to class 6. Class 2 felonies are the most second most serious category of Colorado felonies. Examples of class 2 felonies in Colorado include:

See the full list of Colorado class 2 felonies.

What are class 2 felony penalties in Colorado?

The minimum sentence for class 2 felonies is:

  • 8 years in prison and/or $5,000 in fines

The maximum sentence for class 2 felonies is:

  • 24 years in prison and/or $1,000,000 in fines

Note that there is a mandatory parole period of 3 years for class 2 felonies in Colorado. Also note that if the defendant has already been convicted twice of a felony (in Colorado or elsewhere), he/she will be ineligible to get a fine instead of incarceration. Rather, he/she will be sentenced to at least the minimum sentence and can also receive a fine.

Read our related articles about reducing a felony to a misdemeanor and habitual offender sentencing.

Other class 2 felony facts in Colorado

People charged with a class 2 felony in Colorado have the constitutional right to a jury trial of twelve jurors. (But the defendant can elect to have a bench trial or a smaller jury of no less than six people, as long as the court consents.) Class 2 felonies are typically considered deportable offenses or crimes involving moral turpitude. Therefore, aliens who are convicted of class 2 felonies are vulnerable to being thrown out of the country.

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