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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 act 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 act 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 act reclassifies various criminal offenses within the new classification system for misdemeanors, petty offenses, and civil infractions. The act changes the elements of some crimes to align with the new sentencing classifications. The act creates procedural rules for prosecution of the new civil infractions. The act updates the alternate sentencing options for misdemeanors and petty offenses. The act creates standard time credits for jail sentences.

The act appropriates $95,340 to the department of revenue for use by the division of motor vehicles. $35,940 of the appropriation is from the general fund and $59,400 of the appropriation is from the licensing services cash fund.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details