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CRIMINAL SENTENCING

If you are facing sentencing in a criminal case, you need an experienced and accomplished Denver criminal attorney on your side. Depending upon the classification and nature of the offense you have been convicted of, as well as other factors such as your criminal history, the sentencing range you face will vary. Following are Colorado criminal sentencing ranges based upon classification of offense:

Felonies Committed on or after July 1, 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:

  • Aggravated robbery
  • Child abuse
  • Unlawful distribution, manufacturing, dispensing, sale, or possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, distribute, manufacture, or dispense
  • Crimes of violence
  • Stalking
  • Sale or distribution of materials to manufacture controlled substances
  • Felony invasion of privacy for sexual gratification

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:

  • 3rd degree assault
  • Sexual assault
  • 2nd degree sexual assault
  • Unlawful sexual contact
  • 3rd degree sexual assault
  • Child abuse
  • Second or subsequent violation of a protection order
  • Misdemeanor failure to register as a sex offender
  • Misdemeanor invasion of privacy for sexual gratification

Petty Offenses

Class Minimum Penalty Maximum Penalty
1 0 6 months/$500
2 0 Dependent upon offense

Misdemeanor Traffic Offense

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