Shoplifting Laws and Penalties in Denver
Get Help from a Denver Criminal Defense Lawyer
Theft from a retail establishment through a variety of methods is considered
to be shoplifting by Colorado law. A shoplifting charge places a serious
risk on your future, as you could be facing significant penalties that
can impact the rest of your life.
Law Office of David L. Owen, P.C. has represented numerous clients throughout the Denver area for all types
of criminal law, including many shoplifting and other theft crime charges.
Attorney David L. Owen has over 30 years of legal practice experience
defending the accused, including 18 years as a federal public defender.
Don’t leave your future in the hands of the justice system. Call
the Denver criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of David L. Owen
at 303.622.3281 today.
The Definition of Shoplifting
While most people think of shoplifting as taking an item from a store without
paying for it (which absolutely is shoplifting), shoplifting can actually
occur in a number of ways. Even if you didn’t technically “steal”
anything, you can also be accused of shoplifting if you change the price
of an item and then pay for it at that lowered price. Shoplifting is considered
a “wobbler” crime, meaning it could flip between a misdemeanor
or a felony depending on a few varying factors. The exact definition of
the law as well as an explanation for the difference between misdemeanor
and felony shoplifting charges is given in sections 18-4-401 and 18-4-403
of the Colorado Revised Statutes.
- Penalties for shoplifting in Colorado can include:
- Jail sentences
- Large fines
- Permanent criminal record
- Possible loss of rights
If a store worker believes you may have shoplifted or are attempting to
commit a shoplifting theft, they do have the right to detain you and question
you. This will frequently occur after an anti-theft alarm is set off or
a perpetrator was witnessed performing the crime.
Call 303.622.3281 Today To Protect Your Future
If you are facing charges, the time to act is now. Retaining an attorney
early in the process will allow them to help shape the case in your favor.
Even if you are guilty, a skilled attorney can often assist you by helping
negotiate a plea bargain, which can reduce your charges, or a pre-trial
diversion which can allow the perpetrator to give victim restitution and
perform community service in exchange for the dropping of criminal charges
entirely. The consequences of a conviction are simply too great to risk
going it alone.
If you have any questions regarding shoplifting charges, or need assistance
facing the legal system,
contact the Law Office of David L. Owen today and request a free case evaluation.