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Teen Spends Money Mistakenly Deposited Into His Account

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Mar 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Imagine checking your bank account balance, and finding some unexpected cash. For one teen, this wasn't just a dream – he found $30,000 in his checking account he knew nothing about. Now, when this happens, there are two courses of action:

1). Alert the bank about the mistake, or

2). Spend the money on something nice.

Unfortunately, the teenager decided on the second option. If this situation had occurred in Denver, Adams, or Jefferson County, or anywhere in Colorado, the teenager would likely have been charged with Theft.

What is Theft in Colorado?

Theft – C.R.S. 18-4-401, is charged in Douglas, El Paso, or Arapahoe County whenever someone takes something of value from another person. This includes money, or other things of value.

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What is the Sentence for Theft?

The severity of a Theft charge depends on the value of the items which are stolen. So, when multiple items are stolen, the police add up the worth of all the items combined in order to determine the severity of the charges. This means people are often overcharged for Theft. Theft ranges from a petty offense up to a felony.

Buying a Car with Money That's Not His: A Felony in CO

Image Credit: Pixabay - JayMantri

Image Credit: Pixabay – JayMantri

When the teen saw the money in his account, he should have alerted the bank about the mistake. Instead, he decided to buy himself a BMW. The moneyTheft is charged in many different circumstances.actually belonged to an older gentleman who had just sold some land – the two men's last name was the same, so the bank teller deposited the money into the wrong account. What could have been a simple mix-up, ended in criminal charges for the young man. He was sentenced to 10 years probation, and he must also pay restitution.

An adjudication will have long-term consequences; protect your child's future by contacting a juvenile defense lawyer.

When Your Kids Make Mistakes, Hire an Expert Lawyer

We all make mistakes. We all are strapped for cash at some point in our lives. When our kids make mistakes, we often want them to “learn their lesson” by letting them face the consequences for their actions. Unfortunately, a conviction or adjudication for a felony offense will follow your child for the rest of their life, making it difficult to find a good job, get scholarships, or get housing. Don't tarnish their future – support them in their time of need by hiring an expert juvenile criminal defense lawyer to aggressively fight on their behalf and protect their future.

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About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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