Colorado Disorderly Conduct Laws

Every state has disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace laws on the books, prohibiting things like obscene language, unreasonable noise, and fighting. These laws are generally aimed at protecting citizens’ safety and enjoyment of public places. The Rocky Mountain State has 25 such offenses in its statutes, under the umbrella of Public Peace and Order. This is a quick summary of disorderly conduct laws in Colorado.

Colorado Disorderly Conduct Related Laws

Along with its specific disorderly conduct statute, Colorado also has laws prohibiting everything from loitering to inciting or engaging in a riot. Acts that are outlawed in between include interfering with a funeral, hindering public transportation, and desecrating venerated objects.

The following table outlines the specifics of Colorado’s disorderly conduct laws.

Code Sections

COLO. REV. STAT. § 18-9-106 Disorderly Conduct

What Is Prohibited?

  • Making 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;
  • Making unreasonable noise in a public place or near a private residence that one has no right to occupy;
  • Fighting with another in a public place except in an amateur or professional contest of athletic skill;
  • Not being a peace officer, and discharging a firearm in a public place except when engaged in lawful target practice or hunting or the ritual discharge of blank ammunition cartridges as an attendee at a funeral for a deceased person who was a veteran of the armed forces of the United States; or
  • Not being a peace officer, and displaying a deadly weapon, displaying any article used or fashioned in a manner to cause a person to reasonably believe that the article is a deadly weapon, or representing verbally or otherwise that he or she is armed with a deadly weapon in a public place in a manner calculated to alarm.

Penalties

  • Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor that can be punished by up to a year in jail and fines up to $1,000.
  • Offensive utterances and unreasonable noise are a class 1 petty offense that can be punished by up six months in jail and fines up to $1,000. Increased penalties may apply to second and subsequent convictions. Penalties increase if the conduct disrupted a funeral.
  • Fighting is a Class 3 Misdemeanor: up to 6 months in jail, $50 fine
  • Displaying a deadly weapon or firing a firearm is a Class 2 Misdemeanor: up to 12 months in jail, $1,000 fine.

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

Colorado Codes and Supreme Court Decisions

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