Increased Penalties for Habitual Offenders

Anyone adjudged a Habitual Offender shall be punished as a Class 1 municipal offender with a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one (1) year, or by both such fine and imprisonment, the amount of the fine or term of imprisonment shall rest within the discretion of the Municipal Judge.  You may be adjudged a Habitual Offender for all offenses except traffic infractions, if:

  1. you have been previously convicted of the same offense twice, separately brought and adjudicated and arising out of separate distinct criminal episodes, within the previous five (5) years; or
  2. you are charged with a crime of violence against a person or animal and have been previously convicted of the same or similar crime involving violence against another person or animal twice, separately brought and adjudicated and arising out of separate and distinct criminal episodes, within the previous ten (10) years. 

Any person convicted of a crime and sentenced as a Habitual Offender for violations of Sections 11-4-14 (Vicious animals), 11-4-15 (Restraining), or 11-4-21 (Animals; cruelty to) may, at the discretion of the Municipal Court, be enjoined from owning any animals as defined by Section 11-4-1 of the Pueblo Municipal Code, or otherwise maintaining any animals on their property within the City limits, along with any other appropriate penalty imposed by the Municipal Court.