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Denver Shoplifting Attorney

What is Shoplifting?

Colorado defines shoplifting as knowingly obtaining or exercising control over a merchant’s property. Shoplifting includes:

  • concealing merchandise,
  • carrying away unpurchased merchandise,
  • or altering the price of an item to avoid paying the full amount.

The severity of the punishment for shoplifting depends on the value of the things taken, but merchants can also sue adults and emancipated minors for shoplifting from them in a civil lawsuit. In addition to any criminal penalty you might face, you might also owe the shoplifter a significant sum of money if you lose the civil case as well.

If you’ve been accused of shoplifting, make sure to speak to a skilled Arapahoe theft crimes lawyer as soon as possible. The Law Office of Joseph A. Lazzara, P.C. has more than 25 years of legal experience to offer your case. The sooner I hear about your situation and learn of the details, the more time I have to mount a defense on your behalf.

Get your case started by calling me at (720) 809-8262 today!

What are the Penalties for Shoplifting in Colorado?

The length of your jail sentence and the amount of your fine is dependent on the value of the items stolen. Likewise, most shoplifting charges are misdemeanors unless you took a product worth more than $1,000; the crime then becomes a felony.

The punishments for shoplifting are as follows:

  • < $500 value: Class 2 misdemeanor leading to 3 months to 1 year in jail and / or fines between $250 and $1,000
  • $500 to $1000 value: Class 1 misdemeanor leading to 6 to 18 months in jail and / or fines between $500 and $5,000
  • $1,000 to $20,000 value: Class 4 felony leading to 2 to 6 years in jail and / or fines between $2,000 and $500,000
  • $20,000 < value: Class 3 felony leading to 4 to 12 years in jail and / or fines between $3,000 and $750,000

Likewise, if you tampered with theft detection devices or was caught with tools designed to tamper with theft detection devices, you could be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor as well.

Put 25+ Years of Legal Experience on Your Side

Speaking to an experienced Denver criminal defense attorney will give you the best chance of avoiding a conviction. Having a criminal record might prevent you from getting the job or apartment you want in the future if your potential employer or landlord runs a background check. Let me see what I can do to help you defend your rights and your freedom.

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