Colorado Theft Laws
Under Colorado law, theft is defined broadly as it incorporates other crimes such as larceny, grand larceny, embezzlement, false pretenses, and shoplifting. A person commits theft in Colorado when he or she, intending to permanently deprive anything of value of another person:
- Knowingly obtains, retains or controls the item; and
- Does so without authorization or by threat or deception.
However, Colorado theft laws also apply to those who didn't actually do the taking. For example, one can commit theft by knowingly receiving stolen property or by failing to promptly return property they were only allowed to hold for a certain period of time. Also, perhaps because it's home to one of the famous ski resorts at Vail, Colorado also classifies as theft the unauthorized sale or resale of tickets or passes for ski resorts.
Colorado Theft Laws: An Overview
For more information on theft laws in Colorado, consult the chart below.
|Penalties and Sentences||
The penalties and sentences for theft depend on the value of the object involved, as described below:
Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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Charged With Theft in Colorado? An Attorney Can Help
If you're facing charges under Colorado theft laws, there's a wide range of possible outcomes, from acquittal to significant prison time and fines. The result will ultimately depend on the evidence in your case and your ability to shape that evidence in your defense. As with any criminal case, it's critical to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side to advocate on your behalf.
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