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Colorado follows the federal definition of a status offense, calling status offense behavior or conduct which would not be a crime if committed by an adult in the jurisdiction in which the offense was committed. The upper age for delinquency jurisdiction and status offense jurisdiction in Colorado is 17. The lower age for delinquency jurisdiction in Colorado is 10, while the lower age for status offense is not specified.

Status offense cases are classified as status offenders or neglected or dependent children. The district courts generally have jurisdiction over status offenders and delinquents with the exception of Denver where a three judge juvenile court has jurisdiction. A court may extend jurisdiction until the full term of the disposition order.