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:
- The Colorado crime of criminal attempt to commit a class 1 felony
- The Colorado crime of second-degree murder (not including "heat of passion" killings)
- The Colorado crime of first-degree kidnapping (if the victim was liberated unharmed prior to conviction)
- The Colorado crime of sexual assault (if the victim suffers serious bodily injury, if deadly weapons or threats are used, and/or if the defendant was physically aided by at least one other person)
- The Colorado crime of trafficking of illegal aliens
- The Colorado crime of aggravated robbery of controlled substances
- The Colorado crime of theft (when the property is valued at $1,000,000 or more)
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 5 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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