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