Grand Junction Theft Crime Lawyers
Arrested for Theft on the Western Slope? Give Us a Call
Private property is one of the founding principles of the United States Constitution. As such, every jurisdiction in the country, from the federal government down to the tiniest municipality, treats the theft of someone else’s property as a serious crime.
If you are accused of stealing in or around Grand Junction, you face stiff penalties. Beyond prison time, that can include permanent damage to your professional and personal reputation if you’re convicted. That’s why you need the services of a competent and aggressive Grand Junction defense attorney to protect you against theft charges. Peters & Nolan, LLC, is standing ready to assist you. Call (970) 243-4357 to schedule a free evaluation.
How Does Colorado Define Theft?
Colorado law divides the crime of theft into subcategories depending on where and how the theft occurred and the value of the item(s) in question. This can make defending against theft charges complicated, especially since the prosecution might stack charges or withhold certain charges for future prosecution.
According to Colorado Revised Statutes Title 18 Criminal Code § 18-4-401, “A person commits theft when he or she knowingly obtains, retains, or exercises control over anything of value of another without authorization or by threat or deception and intends to deprive the other person permanently of the use or benefit of the thing of value.”
There is more to the law than just the above, including the fact you do not have to be the person who stole the property to be charged with a theft crime. If you receive property that you had reason to believe may have been stolen, for instance, making a pledge on it at a pawnshop, you can also be charged with theft.
What Are the Categories of Theft Crime?
- Burglary is when a person enters a building to commit a theft (although technically it could be another intended crime such as vandalism, arson, etc.), whether in a private home or a place of business.
- Robbery is defined as taking something of value from the owner directly, such as during a mugging. In certain instances, a person could be committing both robbery and burglary at the same time.
- Larceny is another form of theft, most often associated with stealing a car (though it also can refer to other forms of theft).
- Shoplifting is defined as stealing from a retail store while pretending to be a customer.
- Extortion is when someone threatens and coerces another person into handing over their property. It is still considered theft, as the transfer of property is happening against the victim’s will.
Colorado theft crimes also differ according to how much property was stolen. Petty theft is when the stolen property is valued at less than $50. The penalty for petty theft can include a fine of up to $500 and up to six months in jail.
When the value of the stolen property ranges between $50 and $2,000, it is considered a misdemeanor theft. The maximum penalties are 18 months in jail and fines up to $5,000.
Grand theft (or grand larceny) is for theft of property that exceeds $2,000 in value. It is a felony, and the penalties can range from one to 24 years in prison with fines from $1,000 to $1 million.
Hire a Professional to Defend Yourself
If you or someone you know has been charged with a theft crime on the Western Slope, you need to consult an attorney right away to discuss your options. Peters & Nolan, LLC, has a proven track record of success when it comes to defending individuals against overzealous prosecution. We’ll do our best to mount an aggressive defense and work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether.
The sooner we can get started, the better for you. Call us today at (970) 243-4357 to learn more.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.
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