Colorado Revised Statutes Title 18 Criminal Code § 18-55-102 Computer crime

(1) A person commits computer crime if the person knowingly:

(a) Accesses a computer, computer network, or computer system or any part thereof without authorization;  exceeds authorized access to a computer, computer network, or computer system or any part thereof;  or uses a computer, computer network, or computer system or any part thereof without authorization or in excess of authorized access;  or

(b) Accesses any computer, computer network, or computer system, or any part thereof for the purpose of devising or executing any scheme or artifice to defraud;  or

(c) Accesses any computer, computer network, or computer system, or any part thereof to obtain, by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, money;  property;  services;  passwords or similar information through which a computer, computer network, or computer system or any part thereof may be accessed;  or other thing of value;  or

(d) Accesses any computer, computer network, or computer system, or any part thereof to commit theft;  or

(e) Without authorization or in excess of authorized access alters, damages, interrupts, or causes the interruption or impairment of the proper functioning of, or causes any damage to, any computer, computer network, computer system, computer software, program, application, documentation, or data contained in such computer, computer network, or computer system or any part thereof;  or

(f) Causes the transmission of a computer program, software, information, code, data, or command by means of a computer, computer network, or computer system or any part thereof with the intent to cause damage to or to cause the interruption or impairment of the proper functioning of or that actually causes damage to or the interruption or impairment of the proper functioning of any computer, computer network, computer system, or part thereof;  or

(g) Uses or causes to be used a software application that runs automated tasks over the internet to access a computer, computer network, or computer system, or any part thereof, that circumvents or disables any electronic queues, waiting periods, or other technological measure intended by the seller to limit the number of event tickets that may be purchased by any single person in an online event ticket sale as defined in section 6-1-720, C.R.S .

(3)(a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this subsection (3), if the loss, damage, value of services, or thing of value taken, or cost of restoration or repair caused by a violation of this section is:

(I) Less than fifty dollars, computer crime is a class 1 petty offense;

(II) Fifty dollars or more but less than three hundred dollars, computer crime is a class 3 misdemeanor;

(III) Three hundred dollars or more but less than seven hundred fifty dollars, computer crime is a class 2 misdemeanor;

(IV) Seven hundred fifty dollars or more but less than two thousand dollars, computer crime is a class 1 misdemeanor;

(V) Two thousand dollars or more but less than five thousand dollars, computer crime is a class 6 felony;

(VI) Five thousand dollars or more but less than twenty thousand dollars, computer crime is a class 5 felony;

(VII) Twenty thousand dollars or more but less than one hundred thousand dollars, computer crime is a class 4 felony;

(VIII) One hundred thousand dollars or more but less than one million dollars, computer crime is a class 3 felony;  and

(IX) One million dollars or more, computer crime is a class 2 felony.

(b) Computer crime committed in violation of paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of this section is a class 2 misdemeanor;  except that, if the person has previously been convicted under this section, a previous version of this section, or a statute of another state of similar content and purport, computer crime committed in violation of paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of this section is a class 6 felony.

(c)(I) Computer crime committed in violation of paragraph (g) of subsection (1) of this section is a class 1 misdemeanor.

(II) If computer crime is committed to obtain event tickets, each ticket purchased shall constitute a separate offense.

(III) Paragraph (g) of subsection (1) of this section shall not prohibit the resale of tickets in a secondary market by a person other than the event sponsor or promoter.

(d) Consistent with section 18-1-202 , a prosecution for a violation of paragraph (g) of subsection (1) of this section may be tried in the county where the event has been, or will be, held.


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