Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney Disorderly Conduct and Disturbing the Peace 

In Colorado, disorderly conduct includes making a coarse or offensive utterance in public, or unreasonable noise near private residences. Disorderly conduct of these types is a class 1 petty offense, and penalties include a fine of up to $1,000, up to six months in jail, or both. Increased penalties may apply to second and subsequent convictions. Penalties increase if the conduct disrupted a funeral.

Fighting in public is also illegal. This type of disorderly conduct is a class 3 misdemeanor, and penalties include up to $50, up to six months in jail, or both. Discharging (or threatening to discharge)a weapon in public is a class 2 misdemeanor.  Penalties include a fine at least $250 (and up to $1,000), at least six (and up to 12) months in jail, or both.

Class 2 Public Nuisance

A class 2 public nuisance includes several behaviors. Any conduct that tends to disturb the peace in a place where people congregate or near a residential area may be charged under this offense. Behavior that promotes professional illegal gambling, drug dealing, serving liquor to underage persons, and soliciting prostitution or the sale of stolen items are also behaviors included in this offense. Penalties vary according to the conduct and resulting damages, but may include a fine, time in jail, or both.


In Colorado, it is a crime to touch, taunt, speak to (or communicate with by other means, such as by telephone or computer) in an obscene way, repeatedly call someone on the telephone and hang up, or follow someone. Harassment is a class 3 misdemeanor. Penalties include a fine of up to $50, up to six months in jail, or both. This offense is a class 1 misdemeanor if the harassment occurred because the offender was motivated by the victim’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, or national origin; and penalties include a fine at least $500 (and up to $5,000), at least six months in jail (and up to 18 months in prison), or both.

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