Apublic school employee is facing criminal charges after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in donated computer equipment. Apparently, the National Guard contacted the school the man worked at to arrange a donation of more than $13,000 worth of computer equipment. When the National Guard contacted the school district to schedule a public relations event to show the donated items being used, they realized something was wrong. A school supervisor said the man was never authorized to take the donations. The school employee now stands accused of taking the computer equipment to a scrap yard and selling it for over $300. In Denver and Douglas County, the man would likely face charges of Theft, C.R.S. 18-4-401. If you are facing charges of Theft in Denver or Douglas County, contact a criminal defense lawyer from the O'Malley Law Office right away.
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Theft Charges in Arapahoe County | How is Theft Charged in Colorado?
In Arapahoe County, the definition of Theft, C.R.S. 18-4-401, is:
(1) A person commits theft when he or she knowingly obtains, retains, or exercises control over anything of value of another without authorization or by threat or deception; or receives, loans money by pawn or pledge on, or disposes of anything of value or belonging to another that he or she knows or believes to have been stolen, and:
(a) Intends to deprive the other person permanently of the use or benefit of the thing of value;
(b) Knowingly uses, conceals, or abandons the thing of value in such manner as to deprive the other person permanently of its use or benefit;
(c) Uses, conceals, or abandons the thing of value intending that such use, concealment, or abandonment will deprive the other person permanently of its use or benefit;
(d) Demands any consideration to which he or she is not legally entitled as a condition of restoring the thing of value to the other person; or
(e) Knowingly retains the thing of value more than seventy-two hours after the agreed-upon time of return in any lease or hire agreement.
Because the man allegedly obtained control over something of value without authorization (the computer equipment) and abandoned the thing of value by selling it, he would likely face charges of Theft. Depending on the value of the thing stolen in Colorado, Theft can either be a petty offense, misdemeanor or felony. The most minor Theft charge is a class 1 petty offense, while the most severe Theft charge is a class 2 felony.
Employer Theft is Common in Jefferson and Denver County
Many felony Theft cases in Jefferson County are employer thefts. In some cases, employees entrusted with money, such as an employee who works the cash register, can be tempted to steal the money they are entrusted with. In other cases, employees might give themselves unauthorized credit card or check refunds. Judges and DAs often treat employer or employee Theft more severe than stranger Theft in Denver and Jefferson County. In other words, they believe a greater trust exists between employers and employees, as opposed to Theft when strangers are involved. For this reason, judges and DAs are tough on those accused of employer / employee Theft, often setting jail sentences as a condition of probation.
Theft in Denver and Adams County | Contact a Theft Attorney at the O'Malley Law Office
The Adams County Theft criminal lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office have defended hundreds of good people from Theft charges and charges related to Theft for over 25 years. When investigating Theft cases in Denver and Adams County, Colorado, we work with experienced investigators to uncover proof against Theft allegations. We will defend your Theft case aggressively and confidently before a judge and jury. We will fight to protect you from the consequences of a criminal record and criminal conviction of Theft. Call our office today to set up a free initial consultation so we can discuss your Theft case in more detail.
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If you or a loved one has been charged with Theft in Denver or anywhere else in Colorado, be smart and exercise your right to remain silent. Then, contact an experienced Theft criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation
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