Charges of theft
cover a wide range of criminal activity involving taking something that is another person’s property. If you have been charged with theft, it is important to know what you are up against so that you can better deal with the situation. Here are some things to think about when you find yourself charged with theft, and how you should best proceed:
Understand the Charge
- When it comes to cases of theft, the charges can range from misdemeanors (shoplifting, petty theft) to felonies (grand theft auto, grand larceny). Because the spectrum of theft charges is so broad, it is important to contact an attorney who can explain the implications of the crime you are
As a criminal charge, not all theft
is created equal. Depending largely upon the item or items which were stolen and their value, theft charges can range from misdemeanors to felonies, and can be accompanied by consequences as dire as mandatory jail time. Here is an overview of the different degrees of theft charges and the punishments they carry.
- This charge is applied to theft of an item or items up to a value of $1,000. Most shoplifting charges fall into the petty theft category. Petty theft is a misdemeanor offense and can carry up to a $1000 fine, as well as the possibility of up to 18 months in county jail under Colorado law. However, if it is a first
As our metropolitan freeways become more congested and our commutes to and from work become longer and more frustrating, the phenomenon known as road rage is beginning to reach epidemic proportions. Road rage is characterized as careless, reckless and aggressive behavior behind the wheel, and can escalate pretty quickly from a couple of honks of a car horn to full-blown assault
A typical road rage situation arises from an initial dispute between two or more motorists over a driving-related issue. For example, if an aggressive motorist with tendencies toward road rage feels as though he has been cut off by another driver, or if he feels the vehicle in front of him is moving too slowl
What is the Difference Between Simple and Aggravated Assault?
If you are charged with a specific kind of assault
, you may be wondering what the differences are and what it can mean for your case. The two kinds of assaults, simple assault and aggravated assault, may seem like the same thing at first glance, but it is important to understand the differences and what the distinction between the two means for you.
Simple assault is classified as a misdemeanor and can carry a small fine and little to no jail time if convicted. Examples of simple assault include minor injuries, touching or grabbing of an individual, or using threatening words or behavior toward an individual.