18-1.3-401. Felonies classified - presumptive penalties
Felony offenses are the most serious criminal offenses. All non-drug related felonies fall within 6 classes, with class 1 felonies being the most serious. The minimum sentence for conviction of a class 1 felony is life imprisonment, and the maximum sentence is death. For a class 6 felony, the minimum sentence is 1 year in prison, a $1,000 fine, or both. The maximum sentence for a class 6 felony is 18 months in prison, a $100,000 fine, or both. There are some class 2 through felonies that are considered to pose an extraordinary risk of harm, and carry greater penalties than other class 2 through 6 felonies.
18-1.3-501. Misdemeanors classified
Misdemeanor charges are less serious than felony offenses but more serious than petty offenses. Although they are less serious than felonies, conviction of a misdemeanor can still result in a defendant being sentenced to jail time. Most misdemeanors are classified as Class 1, 2, 3, or unclassified - with Class 1 being the most serious. Drug misdemeanors are classified as either Level 1 or 2. Misdemeanor traffic offenses are classified as Class 1, 2, or unclassified.
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