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Caught Shoplifting?

Shoplifting Laws and Penalties in Denver

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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.

The 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.

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