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Theft by Receiving Stolen Property | CRS 18-4-404

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Aug 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

Theft by Receiving Stolen Property

Theft by receiving stolen property in Denver, Aurora, or Lakewood is a crime that involves taking possession of items that were taken unlawfully. Whether a friend asked you to hold on to something they stole or you received the items with some other intent, impactful criminal charges can follow. The higher the value of stolen property involved, the more severe punishments are for a conviction. If you're being accused of receiving stolen items in Colorado, exercise your right to remain silent and contact an experienced theft lawyer right away.

Denver Theft by Receiving Stolen Property Law

Denver's theft laws prohibit receipt of stolen property. CRS 18-4-404 defines these criminal acts throughout the state of Colorado. Law enforcement can pursue charges if they believe you:

  • obtained control,
  • over any stolen thing of value,
  • knowing it had been stolen by another

Whether the thief is ever charged, tried, or convicted is irrelevant. The act of knowingly taking control of the stolen items is enough to satisfy the element of this Colorado theft crime. Stolen electronics, jewelry, and cash are common items involved with theft by receiving.

How Serious is Theft by Receiving Stolen Property in Colorado?

Three important value figures to note when it comes to this type of theft in Colorado are:

  • less than $300 = petty offense
  • between $300 - $1,999 = misdemeanor
  • $2,000+ = felony

Often falling within the misdemeanor range, defendants in these cases face anywhere from probation to 18 months in county jail and up to $5K in fines. When the total (aggregate) value of the property reaches or exceeds $2K, a prison sentence and even higher fines can apply. 

Colorado's Top Theft Attorneys

An allegation of receiving stolen property is a lot to handle. Just because you've been accused or charged doesn't mean you're guilty. Perhaps you intended to give the item(s) back to the owner, you never had control over it, or you were made to believe the property wasn't stolen in the first place. Nevertheless, contact our office for a free, confidential consultation with Colorado's top theft attorneys.

We will carefully analyze your unique circumstances, answer your questions, and recommend next steps in your defense. We offer a 24/7 line to speak with an attorney, same-day jail visits, and flexible payment plans. Skilled representation for those accused of a theft crime is a reality at Sawyer Legal Group and we will fight for the best possible outcome.

Don't talk to police about receiving stolen property - talk to us. 303-830-0880

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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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