In June of 2011, owners of the Promenade Shops of Briargate in Manitou Springs, CO accused two grandmothers of shoplifting approximately $3,700.00 worth of inventory. Both women admitted to stealing an assortment of jewelry and clothes, and when asked by the Manitou Springs Police for access to the stolen inventory, they complied. While the two women charged with charged with shoplifting may have already admitted to theft, they—and anyone else finding themselves in charged with theft—should contact a criminal defense attorney without delay. Doing so will ensure fair treatment under the law even in those circumstances wherein the accused have already admitted to the offense.
Any persons charged and convicted of theft in Colorado face serious consequences including time in jail, permanent criminal record, and in many cases, permanent banishment from the stores from which they stole inventory. While the sentences for theft may have a similar, general character, the degree of the sentences can vary greatly according to the value of goods stolen. Those who’ve stolen goods valued at $1,000 or less face misdemeanor charges, up to a year and a half in prison, and fines up to $5,000, whereas those who’ve stolen goods valued over $1,000 and $20,000 face up to 12 years in prison, felony charges, and up to $750,000 in prison. Those who use force to commit the theft automatically face enhanced fines and sentences—up to $100,000—and so do those who have been convicted of theft crimes committed within the past 6 months—up to $20,000. Furthermore, those convicted of theft will likely carry those criminal charges on their background for the rest of their lives.
No matter what your age or background, should you face charges of theft, a Colorado criminal defense attorney can assist you by providing you with the information you need as well as the defense your case requires in order for you to receive fair treatment under the law. Failure to do so could result in heavy fines that could bankrupt you as well as a lengthy prison sentence that could separate you from your loves for a considerable amount of time.