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CHAPTER 5: SUBSTANTIVE CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE - Table of Contents

5.1 - Sources of Criminal Law and Procedure5.2 - Criminal Law - Title 185.3 - Criminal Procedure - Statutes and Rules5.4 - Juvenile Proceedings5.5 - Traffic Offenses - Title 425.6 - Municipal Ordinance Violations5.7 - Penalties5.8 - Federal Criminal Law5.9 - Defenses in Criminal Cases

5.2 CRIMINAL LAW - TITLE 18

Title 18 of the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) contains virtually all of the criminal offenses. The C.R.S. are available in most libraries. The Criminal Code is also available on-line through the home page of the state of Colorado, www.colorado.gov. Going to the “Government” section from that home page will access a button titled “Search for Colorado laws” and you can use this to find all Colorado statutes.

These statutes set forth of the crimes that can be prosecuted in Colorado State courts. The statutes are interpreted by lawyers and trial judges every day. Disagreements about the meaning of a statute are resolved through appeal, with the decisions of the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court are binding on all lower courts. Often, if the legislature does not like the way the appellate courts have interpreted a particular law, the legislature will amednd that law in the next legislative session.

A number of the more commonly prosecuted statutes are discussed in some detail in Chapter 6 of the Manual.

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