Theft charges are serious. While any criminal conviction on your record can have long-term repercussions far beyond the actual case itself, many employers particularly frown on crimes of dishonesty. As theft involves an allegation that you took something that doesn’t belong to you, employers can be understandably wary of hiring anyone with a theft conviction on their record. Whether you are accused of larceny, fraud, or identity theft, be it a misdemeanor or felony, you need to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as quickly as possible.
Peakstone Law Group, LLC strives to provide clients in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Teller County, Park County, Fremont County, and the surrounding areas with the most knowledgeable, responsive, and effective representation available. The attorneys at Peakstone Law Group, LLC are trial attorneys that are here to help you work toward a favorable outcome on your theft charge.
Contact our Colorado Springs theft lawyer today, to begin with, for a free initial consultation.
What Is Theft?
Colorado’s theft statute is quite extensive, and there is more than one way one can be found guilty of committing theft. In general definition of theft is when a person “knowingly obtains, retains, or exercises control over anything of value of another without authorization or by threat or deception….” C.R.S. 18-4-401 (2021). However, there are various subsections under theft that must be combined with that sentence above. One of the most commonly charged subsections of the theft statute requires that the person intend “to deprive the other person permanently of the use or benefit of the thing of value.” Abandoning or concealing an item to deprive another of the use of the thing in question can be theft even if you have no intention of using it yourself. Additionally, the theft statute was recently broadened to include what used to be separate offenses, including theft by receiving stolen property. Knowingly keeping something more than 72 hours after you are supposed to return it under any lease or hire agreement is also included under the modern Colorado theft statute.
Examples of theft charges in Colorado Springs are:
- Credit card fraud
- Computer crime
- Social Security theft
Other various types of other economic crimes can fall under the theft statute as well as a number of other statutes specific to the actual act conducted.
Theft cases can range from the incredibly simple, such as shoplifting candy from a grocery store, to the incredibly complex, such as stealing hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars from an employer or business venture. No matter how simple or complex your theft case is, the attorneys at Peakstone Law Group, LLC have the experience and know-how to help you get the best outcome possible on your particular case.