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015. COLORADO CRIMINAL CODE – OFFENSES AGAINST PROPERTY – TRESPASS, CRIMINAL TAMPERING, AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF

The Colorado Crimes of Criminal Trespass, Criminal Tampering and Criminal Mishcief

The Crime of Criminal mischief in Colorado

A person who knowingly damages the real or personal property of another, including property owned by the person jointly with another person or property owned by the person, in which another person has an interest, commits criminal mischief. 18-4-501 (1)

Criminal mischief is class 2 misdemeanor when the aggregate damage to real or personal property is less than $500. 18-4-501 (1)

Criminal mischief is a class 1 misdemeanor when the aggregate damage to real or personal property is $500 or more but less than $1,000. 18-4-501 (1)

Criminal mischief when the aggregate damage to real or personal property is at least $1,000, but less than $20,000, is a class 4 felony. 18-4-501 (1)

Criminal mischief when the aggregate damage to real or personal property is at least $20,000 is a class 3 felony. 18-4-501 (1)

The Crime of First degree criminal trespass in Colorado

A person who knowingly and unlawfully enters a building or enters a car with intent to commit a crime therein commits a class 5 felony. 18-4-502

The Crime of Second degree criminal trespass in Colorado

A person commits the crime of second degree criminal trespass if he or she: unlawfully enters or  remains in or upon premises which are enclosed in a manner designed to exclude intruders or which are fenced; knowingly and unlawfully enters or remains in or upon the common areas of a hotel, motel, condominium, or apartment building; or knowingly and unlawfully enters or remains in a motor vehicle of another. 18-4-503 (1)

Second degree criminal trespass is a class 3 misdemeanor unless the premises have been classified as agricultural land. 18-4-503 (2)

Second degree criminal trespass on premises that have been classified as agricultural land pursuant to section 39-1-102 (1.6) is a class 2 misdemeanor. 18-4-503 (2) (a)

It is a class 4 felony if a person unlawfully enters or remains on fenced or enclosed premises classified as agricultural land with the intent to commita felony. 18-4-503 (2) (b)

The Crime of Third degree criminal trespass in Colorado

Unlawfully entering or remaining on premises that have been classified as agricultural land pursuant to section 39-1-102 (1.6) is a class 3 misdemeanor. 18-4-504 (2) (a)

It is a class 5 felony if a person unlawfully enters or remains on premises classified as agricultural land with the intent to commit a felony. 18-4-504 (2) (b)

The Crime of First degree criminal tampering in Colorado

Tampering with the property of a utility or an institution providing health or safety protection with the intent to interrupt or impair service is a class 1 misdemeanor. 18-4-505

The Crime of Second degree criminal tampering in Colorado

A person commits the crime of second degree criminal tampering if he or she tampers with the roperty of another with the intent to cause injury, inconvenience, or annoyance or if he or she knowingly makes an unauthorized connection with the property of a utility. Second degree criminal tampering is a class 2 misdemeanor. 18-4-506

Tampering with oil or gas gathering operations. Knowingly destroying, breaking, removing, or  otherwise tampering with (including attempts to do so) any equipment associated with oil or gas gathering operations is a class 2 misdemeanor. 18-4-506.3 (1)

Knowingly altering, obstructing, interrupting, or interfering with (including attempts to do so) the action of any equipment used or associated with oil or gas gathering operations without the consent of the owner or operator is a class 2 misdemeanor. 18-4-506.3 (2)

The Crime of Tampering with utility meters. in Colorado

Connecting any device or instrument with any known medium conducting or supplying gas, water, or electricity to any building without authorization is a class 2 misdemeanor. 18-4-506.5 (1)

Altering, obstructing, or interfering with the action of any meter provided for measuring or registering the quantity of gas, water, or electricity passing through said meter without authorization is a class 2 misdemeanor. 18-4-506.5 (2)

The Crime of Defacing or destruction of written instruments in Colorado

Defacing or destroying,  with intent to defraud, any written instrument evidencing a property right is a class 1 misdemeanor. 18-4-507

The Crime of Defacing, destroying, or removing landmarks, monuments, or accessories in Colorado.

Defacing, destroying, or removing landmarks, monuments, or accessories is a class 2 misdemeanor. 18-4-508 (1) and (2)

The Crime of Defacing property in Colorado

A person who destroys, defaces, removes, or damages any historical monument commits the crime of defacing property. The crime of defacing property also occurs when a person defaces, causes, aides, or permits the defacing of public or private property without consent by use of paint, spray paint, ink, or other method that otherwise mars the surface of the property. Finally, a person who defaces or damages a public or private cave commits the crime of defacing property. 18-4-509 (1)

The first conviction for defacing property is a class 2 misdemeanor. 18-4-509 (2) (a)

A second or subsequent conviction for defacing property is a class 1 misdemeanor. 18-4-509 (2) (a)

 


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