A misdemeanor criminal offense in Colorado refers to a less serious criminal offense, at least less serious than a felony offense. A petty offense is lesser in seriousness than a misdemeanor offense.

The societal consequences are not as severe as a felony criminal conviction.

A person with a misdemeanor conviction is still able to use and carry a firearm, unless the conviction is a domestic violence conviction.

A person convicted of a misdemeanor offense would serve jail time in the local County Jail, rather than in the state penitentiary.

Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) in Title 18, Article 1.3, contains the basic criminal sentencing guidelines.