Felony theft in Colorado occurs when property worth $2,000 or more is intentionally stolen. This even includes taking items that are co-owned without permission. Additionally, acts of pick-pocketing or stealing from the elderly or those with a disability are also felony theft. The total value of items taken is the large determining factor when it comes to punishment for conviction. Allegations of being a thief are serious in Colorado and defendants should seek skilled representation right away from an experienced theft attorney.
Colorado Felony Theft Law
Colorado's felony theft law prohibits larceny involving values of $2,000 or more. CRS 18-4-401(2) addresses specific violations of grand theft in Colorado. You commit this crime in Denver, Aurora, or Lakewood if you:
- take another's property by false pretense,
- take a loan and choose to not pay it back within 3 days of the agreed upon timeframe,
- take property you co-own with another without that person's authorization
Because theft consequences depend on the total value of the item(s) stolen, charges can amplify quickly. It is important to note that pick-pocketing or stealing from an at-risk person is always a felony, regardless of the item's value.
Consequences for Felony Theft in Colorado
Each felony theft case is different. As a result, the ramifications of conviction are as well. The sentencing range for felony theft in CO includes:
- 1 - 24 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections,
- fines of $1,000 - $1,000,000,
- victim restitution
Within this range, the aggregate value of property taken and who the victim was determine penalties. Attempts to commit felony theft that fail are typically punished slightly less severely. For example, an attempted felony theft of items over $5,000 but under $20,000, will be a class 6 felony instead of a class 5 felony.
Criminal Defense for Felony Theft in Colorado
Seeking skilled representation is vital for defendants facing felony theft charges in Colorado. Our experienced criminal lawyers have decades of combined experience successfully representing clients charged with many levels of theft. Perhaps the item's value is being exaggerated, there was no use of force or threats, or you didn't knowingly take the property. Nevertheless, contact our office for a free consultation. We will carefully look over your unique theft case, as well as suggest next steps in your defense. With affordable fees and flexible payment plans, strategic representation is a phone call away.
If you or someone you know has been charged with felony theft in Colorado, be smart. Contact the highly-rated attorneys at O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC at 303-830-0880. Don't talk to the police - talk to us.
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