Legal Information: Colorado

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June 17, 2021

What is the definition of a felony?

Throughout these gun law pages, we will refer to gun laws that make it illegal for someone convicted of a felony to have a gun. A felony is a more serious crime than a misdemeanor. Most felonies under Colorado law are punishable by a prison sentence of more than one year.1 However, you cannot always tell if someone was convicted of a felony only by looking at the amount of time s/he actually served in prison since sentences are often reduced or pled down and since some misdemeanors in Colorado can be punishable by up to 18 months of incarceration.2 If you are unsure if the abuser was convicted of a felony, you might want to talk to the prosecutor who handled the criminal case against the abuser to find out or go to the local criminal courthouse and try to search the records.

1 Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-1.3-401
2 See Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-1.3-501

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