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Misdemeanor Reform

Concerning the adoption of the 2021 recommendations of the Colorado criminal and juvenile justice commission regarding sentencing for offenses, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2021 Regular Session
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

The bill reforms the sentencing provisions related to misdemeanors and petty offenses. Under current law, there are 3 classifications for misdemeanors and 2 classifications for petty offenses. The bill reduces the misdemeanor classifications to 2 and reduces the petty offenses to one classification and adds a new classification of civil infraction. A class 1 misdemeanor is punishable by up to 364 days in jail or a fine of up to $1,000 or both, and a class 2 misdemeanor is punishable by up to 120 days in jail or a fine of up to $750 or both. A petty offense is punishable by up to 10 days in jail or a fine of up to $300 or both. A civil infraction is punishable by a fine of up to $100. The bill creates procedural rules for prosecution of the new civil infractions. The bill updates the alternate sentencing options for misdemeanors and petty offenses. The bill creates standard time credits for jail sentences.

The bill reclassifies various criminal offenses within the new classification system for misdemeanors, petty offenses, and civil infractions. The bill changes the elements of some crimes to align with the new sentencing classifications.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




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