Class 6 Felonies in Colorado (C.R.S. 18-1.3-401)
(Explained by Colorado criminal defense attorneys)

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A subsection of class 6 felonies in Colorado are classified as posing an extraordinary risk.

What are class 6 felonies in Colorado?

Colorado law divides felonies into six categories, from class 1 to class 6. Class 6 felonies are the least serious category of Colorado felonies. Moreover, class 6 felonies are further subdivided into two sub-classes:

  1. Class 6 felonies, and
  2. Class 6 extraordinary risk felonies

According to Colorado law, extraordinary risk felonies present a high probability of harm to society.

Class 6 felonies

Common examples of class 6 felonies in Colorado include:

See the official list of Colorado class 6 felonies.

Class 6 extraordinary risk felonies

Common examples of class 6 felonies with extraordinary risk in Colorado include:

What are class 6 felony penalties in Colorado?

The sentence is dependent on whether the offense is classified in Colorado as a class 6 felony with or without extraordinary risk. Note that if the defendant has already been convicted twice of a felony (in any state), he/she will not be eligible to receive a fine in lieu of incarceration. Instead, he/she will be sentenced to at least the minimum sentence and can receive a fine in addition.

Class 6 felony penalties

The minimum penalty for class 6 felonies is:

  • 1 year in prison and/or $1,000 in fines

The maximum penalty for class 6 felonies is:

  • 18 months in prison and/or $100,000 in fines

There is also a mandatory parole period of 1 year.

Extraordinary risk class 6 felony penalties

The minimum penalty for class 6 extraordinary risk felonies is:

  • 1 year in prison and/or $1,000 in fines

The maximum penalty for class 6 extraordinary risk felonies is:

  • 2 years in prison and/or $100,000 in fines

There is also a mandatory parole period of 1 year.

Other class 6 felonies facts in Colorado

People facing prosecution for a class 6 felony in Colorado have the constitutional right to a trial by twelve jurors. (With the judge's approval, the defendant can opt to have a smaller jury of at least six jurors or a bench trial.) Depending on the defendant's case, he/she could be eligible to have the case sealed from his/her record.

Some class 6 felonies could be considered deportable offenses or crimes involving moral turpitude. Consequently, non-citizens convicted of some class 6 felonies may be deported from the U.S.

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