Colorado Disorderly Conduct Defense Lawyers

In Col­orado, a per­son com­mits dis­or­derly con­duct if he or she inten­tion­ally, know­ingly, or reck­lessly does any of the following:

  • Makes a coarse and obvi­ously offen­sive utter­ance, ges­ture, or dis­play in a pub­lic place and the utter­ance, ges­ture, or dis­play tends to incite an imme­di­ate breach of the peace;
  • Makes unrea­son­able noise in a pub­lic place or near a pri­vate res­i­dence that he has no right to occupy;
  • Fights with another in a pub­lic place except in an ama­teur or pro­fes­sional con­test of ath­letic skill;
  • Dis­charges a firearm in a pub­lic place, except when engaged in law­ful tar­get prac­tice or hunt­ing; or
  • Dis­plays a deadly weapon, dis­plays any arti­cle used or fash­ioned in a man­ner to cause a per­son to rea­son­ably believe that the arti­cle is a deadly weapon, or rep­re­sents ver­bally or oth­er­wise that he or she is armed with a deadly weapon in a pub­lic place in a man­ner cal­cu­lated to alarm.

Gen­er­ally, if a per­son com­mits dis­or­derly con­duct by act­ing course and obvi­ously offen­sive in pub­lic in a way that tends to incite an imme­di­ate breach of the peace, or by mak­ing unrea­son­able noise, he or she com­mits a class 1 petty offense that car­ries a max­i­mum pun­ish­ment of a $50 fine, or six months of impris­on­ment, or both.  How­ever, if such an offense is done with the intent to either  dis­rupt a funeral or to cause severe emo­tional dis­tress to a per­son attend­ing the funeral, it is a class 2 mis­de­meanor that car­ries a min­i­mum pun­ish­ment of three months of impris­on­ment, or a $250 fine, or both. The max­i­mum pun­ish­ment is twelve months of impris­on­ment, or a $1,000 fine, or both.

Dis­or­derly con­duct by fight­ing in pub­lic is a class 3 mis­de­meanor that car­ries a min­i­mum pun­ish­ment of a $50 fine, and a max­i­mum pun­ish­ment of six months of impris­on­ment, or a $750 fine, or both.

Dis­or­derly con­duct by dis­charg­ing a firearm in pub­lic, by dis­play­ing a deadly weapon, by dis­play­ing any­thing in a man­ner to cause oth­ers to believe that it’s a deadly weapon, or by rep­re­sent­ing pos­ses­sion of a deadly weapon in order to cause alarm is a class 2 mis­de­meanor that car­ries a min­i­mum pun­ish­ment of three months of impris­on­ment, or a $250 fine, or both. The max­i­mum pun­ish­ment is twelve months of impris­on­ment, or a $1,000 fine, or both.