What Is a Colorado Unclassified Felony?

Most felony crimes in Colorado are classified in one of six different possible classes. Class One felonies are the most serious, while Class Six felonies are considered the least serious. Some felony crimes are not classified at all, however. Known as “unclassified felonies,” these crimes have sentences fixed by statute instead of by the class they fall into.

Some of the felonies that are currently not classified include:

  • Making a profit on public money by using it for any unauthorized purpose, if you are a public official.
  • Violating Colorado’s antitrust laws. A conviction for this kind of violation can mean a fine of up to $1,000,000.00.
  • Rioting in a detention facility can lead to 2 to 10 years additional prison time, if a person is convicted of actively participating in the riot.
  • Knowingly endangering air quality by releasing prohibited pollutants can lead to a fine of up to $50,000 per day, up to a total of $1,000,000.00.


Not all the unclassified felonies in Colorado are listed here. However, an unclassified felony conviction can be just as serious as a classified felony conviction, including the same risks of prison time, fines, and other life-altering penalties.

A felony conviction carries serious penalties, including possible prison time. At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our experienced Colorado felony defense lawyers are dedicated to building an aggressive defense for each client we represent – one that both protects your legal rights and fights for the best possible outcome in your case. For a free and confidential consultation, call our office today at (719) 475-2555.

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