If you are facing a theft charge, it may be difficult to understand the specifics of the evidence against you, the exact level and nature of the charge(s), and what type of penalty you face if you are convicted. At Castañeda Law, our attorneys know all about theft charges. We can explain the specifics of your case, and answer any questions you may have. We are experienced Denver theft lawyers who will take the action necessary to protect your rights. Even a misdemeanor theft charge can have a major impact on your life, and can affect your job opportunities for years to come. Call Castañeda Law for a consultation.
You commit theft when you knowingly obtain, keep, or control anything of value without authorization, or by threat, or by deception. Theft also includes receiving or disposing of anything of value that belongs to another person, which you believe to have been stolen. In each case, a theft charge requires proof that you
The variations on theft offenses may sound very much alike. But issues such as a required mental state – knowledge, intent, etc. – and other factors distinguish one from another.
Theft in Colorado includes crimes that may in some other states be known as shoplifting, larceny, theft by deception, embezzlement, and false pretenses. The single label of “theft” is all-inclusive with respect to these crimes.
Penalties in most theft cases are determined by the amount of money, or the value of the property or benefit, allegedly stolen. Here are the basic rules:
Although this covers the penalties in the majority of theft cases, some are treated differently. Theft of rental property, theft of trade secrets, aggravated motor vehicle theft, ownership of a chop shop, and theft of cable services, for example, contain penalty provisions that are not identical to those listed above.
Burglary is considered a property crime. There are different degrees of burglary, and the offense is classified, and penalties are imposed, based the specifics of the conduct alleged.
Burglary is a serious matter. All burglary charges are felonies, and therefore carry harsh penalties. But burglary charges can be confusing, and they often overlap with shoplifting (theft) and criminal trespass. An experienced Denver theft attorney can explain the difference.
The theft laws in Colorado are confusing. Penalties can be harsh. A theft conviction can seriously damage your employment opportunities. Don’t leave your future to chance. Contact Castañeda Law to speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
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