Theft Carries Serious Penalties
Regardless of the title, theft carries serious penalties and can have a long lasting effect on your life. For this reason alone, you need to find a competent and aggressive Colorado Springs criminal attorney to protect your rights and represent you in a court of law.
Theft can carry with it a sentence to probation, community service, classes, restitution, jail time, or even prison. A conviction for theft can prevent a person from finding employment and other serious consequences. The level of the theft offense depends on the value of the item or items stolen.:
- If the theft involves a thing valued less than five hundred dollars, it is classified as a class 2 misdemeanor.
- If the theft involves a thing valued more than five hundred dollars but less than one thousand dollars, it is classified as a class 1 misdemeanor.
- If the theft involves a thing valued more than one thousand dollars but less than twenty thousand dollars, it is classified as a class 4 felony.
- If the theft involves a thing valued more than twenty thousand dollars, it is classified as a class 3 felony.
Don’t Defend A Theft Charge Alone
If you are charged with theft, regardless of the level, do not handle something this serious on your own. Often something as simple as a misunderstanding can lead to theft charges. Contact a Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney immediately so that your case can be properly evaluated and you can get the best possible outcome.
Call James Newby Law for a free evaluation of your case. His experience handling all levels of theft charges will be invaluable to you as you go through the legal system.