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Colorado Criminal Sentencing

Knowledge of criminal sentencing is important if you are being charged with a crime in Colorado.  You want the right Denver criminal defense attorney representing you if facing any Colorado criminal sentence.  Your sentence will be determined by multiple factors, including the classification and exact offense you have been charged with, your criminal history, and other variables.  Below are Colorado’s criminal sentencing ranges:

Felonies (Later than 07/01/1993):

Class

Minimum Penalty

Maximum Penalty

Mandatory Parole Period

1

Life

Death

None

2

8 years/$5,000

24 years/$1,000,000

5 years

3

4 years/$3,000

12 years/$750,000

5 years

3

(Extraordinary Risk)

4 years/$3,000

16 years/$750,000

5 years

4

2 years/$2,000

6 years/$500,000

3 years

4

(Extraordinary Risk)

2 years/$2,000

8 years/$500,000

3 years

5

1 year/$1,000

3 years/$100,000

2 years

5

(Extraordinary Risk)

1 year/$1,000

4 years/$100,00

2 years

6

1 year/$1,000

18 months/$100,000

1 year

6

(Extraordinary Risk)

1 year/$1,000

2 years/$100,000

1 year

Extraordinary Risk Felonies:

  • Stalking
  • Controlled Substance Offenses: Distributing, manufacturing, selling, dispensing, possessing with intent to sell, dispense or manufacture
  • Aggravated robbery
  • Felony invasion of privacy for sexual gratification
  • Crimes of violence
  • Child abuse

Misdemeanors:

Class

Minimum Penalty

Maximum Penalty

1

6 months/$500

18 months/$5,000

1

(Extraordinary Risk)

6 months/$500

24 months/$5,000

2

3 months/$250

12 months/$1,000

3

$50

6 months/$750

Extraordinary Risk Misdemeanors:

  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual assault in the second degree
  • Sexual assault in the third degree
  • Unlawful sexual contact
  • Failure to register as a sex offender (misdemeanor)
  • Invasion of privacy for sexual gratification (misdemeanor)
  • Assault in the third degree
  • Second or subsequent violation of a protection order
  • Child abuse

Petty Offenses:

Class

Minimum Penalty

Maximum Penalty

1

0

6 months/$500

2

0

Dependent upon offense

Misdemeanor Traffic Offenses:

Class

Minimum Penalty

Maximum Penalty

1

10 days/$300

1 year/$1,000

2

10 days/$150

90 days/$300

Traffic Infractions:

Class

Minimum Penalty

Maximum Penalty

A

$15

$100

B

$15

$100

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