In light of our last blog that defined what extraordinary risk crimes in Colorado are, we thought it would be an apt time to point out just what the specific penalties for these offenses can be upon conviction.

Extraordinary Risk Crime Penalties by Offense Class

The following table provides an overview of the potential penalties for extraordinary risk crimes, revealing the difference between the penalties for non-extraordinary risk crimes in the same offense class.

Offense ClassPenalties for Non-Extraordinary Risk CrimesPenalties for Extraordinary Risk Crimes
Class 1 Felony 

Life in prison (or death)


Class 2 Felony 4 to 48 years in prisonUp to $1 million in fines
Class 3 Felony2 to 24 years in prison$3,000 to $750,000 in fines2 to 32 years in prisonUp to $750,000 in fines
Class 4 Felony1 to 12 years in prison$2,000 to $500,000 in fines1 to 16 years in prisonUp to $500,000 in fines
Class 5 Felony1 to 3 years in prison$1,000 to $100,000 in fines1 to 4 years in prisonUp to $100,000 in fines
Class 6 Felony12 to 18 months in prison$1,000 to $100,000 in fines1 to 2 years in prisonUp to $100,000 in fines
Class 1 Misdemeanor6 to 18 months in jail$500 to $5,000 in fines6 to 24 months in jailUp to $5,000 in fines

Penalties for Extraordinary Risk Crimes: More Important Info

  • The above table only outlines the sentencing guidelines for each class of offenses. Ultimately, the judge overseeing a case will have the discretion to impose whatever sentence (s)he sees fit (in the event the case ends in a conviction).
  • Depending on the facts of a case, it may be possible to request deferred or alternative sentencing.
  • If someone is charged with but not convicted of an extraordinary risk crime (and has not pled guilty to that crime), it may be possible to have the criminal records associated with this case sealed later.

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