Theft Criminal Defense Attorneys

Theft & Stealing Defense Lawyers in Arapahoe, Douglas & Adams County, CO

Theft, also known as 'stealing', can be charged as a petty offense, a misdemeanor, or a felony criminal offense in Colorado. The level of seriousness depends on the actual or estimated value of what was taken or stolen . Like other criminal charges, theft can carry jail and prison time. Theft also carries a specific stigma on your criminal record - it signals to future employers or financial lending institutions that you are not trustworthy. Theft is known in the law as a 'crime of deceit'. For that reason, it can have drastic consequences on one's career or future if you become convicted of theft. Having a lawyer is critical.

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Fortunately, theft is usually more defensible than some other crimes because it requires the prosecutor to prove the element of 'mens rea' - or mental state - beyond a reasonable doubt. That can be a pretty daunting task. Showing a jury what somebody thought or intended to do is far from easy. Experienced criminal defense attorneys at our firm, who are extremely savvy in trial can help defend you in these types of cases.

Penalties for theft or stealing range from probation to up to 25 years in prison. Below is a chart of the different levels of theft based on value. Once you find the correct level, see our penalties page to find out the range.

• A class 1 petty offense if the value of the thing involved is less than fifty dollars;

• A class 3 misdemeanor if the value of the thing involved is fifty dollars or more but less than three hundred dollars;

• A class 2 misdemeanor if the value of the thing involved is three hundred dollars or more but less than seven hundred fifty dollars;

• A class 1 misdemeanor if the value of the thing involved is seven hundred fifty dollars or more but less than two thousand dollars;

• A class 6 felony if the value of the thing involved is two thousand dollars or more but less than five thousand dollars;

• A class 5 felony if the value of the thing involved is five thousand dollars or more but less than twenty thousand dollars;

• A class 4 felony if the value of the thing involved is twenty thousand dollars or more but less than one hundred thousand dollars;

• A class 3 felony if the value of the thing involved is one hundred thousand dollars or more but less than one million dollars; and

• A class 2 felony if the value of the thing involved is one million dollars or more.

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