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Disorderly Conduct Definition

Disorderly Conduct, C.R.S. 18-9-106

The Attorney’s Definition of Disorderly Conduct in Colorado is:

(1) A person commits disorderly conduct if he or she intentionally, knowingly or recklessly:

(a) 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; or

(b) (Deleted by amendment, L. 2000, p. 708, § 39, effective July 1, 2000.)

(c) Makes unreasonable noise in a public place or near a private residence that he has no right to occupy; or

(d) Fights with another in a public place except in an amateur or professional contest of athletic skill; or

(e) Not being a peace officer, discharges 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

(f) Not being a peace officer, displays a real or simulated firearm, displays any article used or fashioned in a manner to cause a person to reasonably believe that the article is a firearm, or represents verbally or otherwise that he or she is armed with a firearm in a public place in a manner calculated to alarm and does alarm another person.

(2) Repealed.

(3) (a) An offense pursuant to subsection (1)(a) or (1)(c) of this section is a petty offense; except that, if the offense is committed with intent to disrupt, impair, or interfere with a funeral, or with intent to cause severe emotional distress to a person attending a funeral, it is a class 2 misdemeanor.

(b) An offense pursuant to subsection (1)(d) of this section is a petty offense.

(c) An offense pursuant to subsection (1)(f) of this section is a class 2 misdemeanor.

(d) An offense pursuant to subsection (1)(e) of this section is a class 1 misdemeanor.

This is the definition which courts and attorneys use in Denver, Adams County and Arapahoe County, Colorado, when people are charged with this petty offense or misdemeanor.

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