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:
- The Colorado crime of criminal attempt to commit a class 1 misdemeanor
- The Colorado crime of false imprisonment (without force, threats, and detainment lasts less than 24 hours)
- The Colorado crime of second degree arson (damage is less than $1,000)
- The Colorado crime of theft (value is at least $300 but less than $750)
- The Colorado crime of criminal mischief (damage amounts to less than $500)
- The Colorado crime of second degree criminal tampering
- The Colorado crime of obtaining signatures by deception
- The Colorado crime of marrying a bigamist
- The Colorado crime of keeping a place of prostitution
- The Colorado crime of criminal invasion of privacy
- The Colorado crime of resisting arrest
- The Colorado crime of second-degree criminal trespass (usually)
- The Colorado crime of possession of illegal fireworks
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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