When you've wanted something really bad, have you gone to any extreme lengths to get it? Like leading police on a high-speed chase? According to the news, that's what one man did after an apparent craving for steak. The man allegedly stole multiple steaks from a local Walmart and led police on a high-speed chase for hundreds of miles and across multiple counties. Once stopped, he tried to rid himself of all evidence, so he began throwing the stolen steaks out of his window one by one. When describing the incident to the news, one police officer said “It appears there are steaks and meats of some sort flying out of the windows, and one of them bounced off my patrol car… Today was a new one.” In Denver, Hinsdale County and every other county in Colorado, the man could be charged with Theft and Vehicular Eluding.
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Theft in Douglas County, Colorado
Theft, C.R.S. 18-4-401, is typically charged in Douglas County and everywhere else in Colorado whenever someone obtains, retains or exercises control over something of value without authorization or by threat or deception. It can also be charged whenever someone receives, loans money by pawn or pledge on, or disposes of anything of value or belonging to another that they know or believe was stolen. With the thing of value, someone would have to intend to deprive someoneTheft can be charged as a petty offense, misdemeanor or felony in Colorado. permanently of its use or benefit or retain the thing of value for more than 72 hours. Theft is charged as a petty offense, misdemeanor or felony depending on the value of the item stolen. It can range from a class 1 petty offense if the value of the item stolen is less than $50, to a class 2 felony if the item involved is $1,000,000 or more. Since the man allegedly took multiple steaks from a Walmart and drove off with them, a Douglas County prosecutor might argue he took something of value without permission, intending to deprive Walmart of its use.
Vehicular Eluding in Arapahoe County and Across Colorado
Vehicular Eluding, C.R.S. 18-9-116.5, is charged in Arapahoe County, Jefferson County and everywhere else in Colorado whenever a person knowingly eludes or attempts to elude a peace officer when driving, knowing they are being pursued by police. The person driving would also have to operate their vehicle in a reckless manner. The man in the news story likely knew he was being pursued by police if he was driving for miles before getting stopped, so he could be charged with Vehicular Eluding. Vehicular Eluding is normally a class 5 felony across Colorado, but any vehicular eluding that results in bodily injury is a class 4 felony. Vehicular Eluding that results in death can be a class 3 felony.
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If you've been charged or accused of Theft or Vehicular Eluding in Brighton, Adams County or anywhere else in Colorado, contact a criminal defense lawyer at the O'Malley Law Office immediately. In addition to possible jail or prison time, a conviction of either offense can limit your chances of finding or keeping a job in Colorado. You need expert defense in court to fight for the best possible outcome in your criminal case.
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