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More and more people are making online purchases in recent years, especially during the holidays and now during the pandemic. However, many people become victims of “porch pirates” – who are considered package thieves – all year round.

This type of theft has become a significant issue in Colorado and in all states throughout the country. In fact, some states have enacted theft laws that specifically address the phenomena.

In Texas, for example, a person who is convicted of mail theft can be sentenced to a jail sentence between 180 days in jail or imprisonment for up to 10 years, as well as a fine not exceeding $10,000. A repeat offense would be considered a felony.

Although there have been discussions among state lawmakers to pass similar legislation, there is still no theft law regarding mail theft in Colorado. As of June 2020, the criminal penalties for package theft depends on the value of the stolen item. Theft of an item worth less than $2,000 is a misdemeanor, while theft of an item worth at least $2,000 will lead to a felony.

Additionally, mail theft can also be charged as a federal offense, punishable by a maximum prison term of five years and a fine no more than $250,000. Yet, this law only applies to packages delivered by the United States Postal Service (USPS) – not other delivery services like FedEx, UPS, and Amazon.

Although created new theft laws to address porch pirates may deter such activity, such legislation could also lead to sending more underprivileged people in jails and prisons, resulting in mass incarceration. But since more people are now shopping online, such new laws could be inevitable.

If you or a loved one has been charged with theft in Denver, contact the Law Offices of David L. Owen, Jr., at (303) 622-3281 and schedule a free consultation. Get 33 years of trial-tested experience on your side!