Misdemeanor & Felony Theft

The most common form of theft occurs when one takes a thing of value with the intent to permanently deprive the lawful owner of it. Theft is classified as a property crime, whereas robbery crimes are considered crimes against persons.  Robbery involves taking something from an individual’s physical person, while theft involves a taking under any other circumstances.

“Theft crimes range from a Class 2 misdemeanor to a Class 3 felony.  When the value is less than $500, it is a Class 2 misdemeanor.  If the value is $500 or more but less than $1000, it is a Class 1 misdemeanor.  If the value is $1000 or more but less than $20,000, it is a Class 4 felony.  If the value is $20,000 or more, it is a Class 3 felony.”

Theft by receiving essentially involves possessing property when you know or believe it is stolen.

Click below to read the official Colorado statutory definitions for these offenses:

Theft (18-4-401)

Theft by receiving (18-4-410)

  • Alexander Garlin obtained a Not Guilty jury verdict in a case where their client was assaulted by a supermarket security guard while being wrongfully accused of shoplifting.  The defense successfully argued to the jury that the security guard’s actions were ethnically motivated, and presented testimony from a schoolteacher who, some years prior, had been wrongfully accused of shoplifting and assaulted by the same security guard.

Criminal Defense Attorney Alexander Garlin has experience in providing criminal defense of felony and misdemeanor theft, as well as related criminal charges.  Whether you contact Garlin Driscoll, LLC, or other qualified attorneys, we recommend that you do so without delay so that you can better understand your circumstances, and thereby promote informed decision making that could significantly improve the ultimate outcome of your case.

The criminal defense attorneys at Garlin Driscoll, LLC, welcome your inquiry and do not charge for initial telephone, e-mail and/or office consultations.


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