Presumptive sentencing guidelines

Sentencing Guidelines

There are three "levels" for criminal charges in Colorado: Petty, Misdemeanor, & Felony. There are six classes of Felony, three classes of Misdemeanor, and two classes of Petty offenses. The lower the class, the more serious the offense.​

Commonly charged felonies and their offense levels (Not Inclusive):

•  Assault 2                               Class 4 Felony - extraordinary risk and violent crime

•  Menacing                              Class 5 Felony

•  Burglary 1                             Class 3 Felony (but sometimes class 2)

•  Burglary 2                             Class 4 Felony (but sometimes class 3)

•  Robbery                                Class 4 Felony

•  Agg. Robbery                        Class 3 Felony (sometimes crime of violence)

•  Theft                                      Class 3 or 4 Felony (depends on $ loss)

•  Drug Crimes Vary from F4 to F2- some are extraordinary risk

•  Sex Crimes Sentencing for these is very different. See Sexual Assault Cases

BELOW ARE THE COLORADO JUDICIAL SENTENCING PRESUMPTIVE RANGE GUIDELINES. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY.

Petty Offense Guidelines

Class 1                                          6 months/ $500 dollar fine or both

Class 2                                          Specified in section defining the offense

Misdemeanor Sentencing Guidelines

Minimum Sentence                                                  Maximum Sentence

Class 1                                          6 months / $500 dollar fine or both                          18 months / $5,000 dollar fine or both

Class 1                                          6 months / $500 dollar fine or both                          24 months / $5,000 dollar fine or both

    (extraordinary risk)

Class 2                                          3 months / $250 dollar fine or both                           1 year / $1,000 dollar fine or both

Class 3                                          $50 dollar fine                                                         6 months / $750 dollar fine or both

Extraordinary risk crimes include, but not limited to the following:

  •   Child Abuse
  •   3rd Degree Assault
  •   3rd Degree Sex Assault prior to 7/1/2000
  •   Unlawful Sexual Cntact, on and after 7/1/2000
  •   2nd Degree Sexual Assault prior to 7/1/2000
  •   Sexual Assualt on or after 7/1/2000
  •   Violation of a Restraining Order - 2nd or subsequent offense
  •   Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

Felony Setencing  Guidelines

PRESUMPTIVE RANGE                                                                EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES

Minimum                                        Maximum                                            Minimum        Maximum        Manditory

                                                                                                                                                        Parole

Class 1                          Life                                                 Death                                               Life               Death

Class 2                      8 years / $5,000 fine or both          24 years / $1,000,000 fine or both         4 years           48 years       5 years

Class 3                      4 years / $3,000 fine or both          16 years / $750,000 fine or both            2 years           24 years       5 years

Class 3                      4 years / $3,000 fine or both          8 years / $750,000 fine or both             2 years           32 years       5 years

     (extraordinary risk)

Class 4                     2 years / $2,000 fine or both          6 years / $500,000 fine or both              1 years            12 years       3 years

Class 4                     2 years / $2,000 fine or both          8 years / $500,000 fine or both              1 years            16 years       3 years

     (extraordinary risk)

Class 5                     1 year / $1,000 fine or both             3 years / $100,000 fine or both             6 months           6 years       2 years

Class 5                     1 year / $1,000 fine or both             4 years / $100,000 fine or both             6 months           8 years       2 years  

     (extraordinary risk)

Class 6                     1 year / $1,000 fine or both          18 months / $100,000 fine or both            6 months           3 years       1 year

Class 6                     1 year / $1,000 fine or both             2 years / $100,000 fine or both             6 months           4 years       1 year

     (extraordinary risk)


Important:

This chart does not cover every possible situation and is not presented as a substitute for legal advice from a qualified criminal defense attorney. It is not meant to cover every possible situation. It is designed to demonstrate jail time exposure under Colorado State sentencing guidelines current as of 2002