Are You Facing Charges Related To A Property Crime?
If you are arrested for burglary, trespass, criminal mischief, theft, shoplifting or another property crime in Colorado, it’s very important that you take the charges against you seriously. Many people wrongly assume that being convicted for nonviolent or misdemeanor crimes, or even talking to police before talking to an attorney won’t result in negative consequences.
Unfortunately, underestimating the outcome of your charges can actually have far-reaching consequences that could impact you for the rest of your life. You could lose your job in some situations or the ability to find work in a particular field. If you are a college student, you might become ineligible for financial aid, lose a scholarship or even be suspended or expelled from school. If you are looking to rent an apartment, a criminal conviction could impact that possibility as well.
If you are facing charges because you allegedly took or damaged property of considerable value, or used violence or threats against another individual, you may be facing jail or prison time and other harsh penalties.
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Burglary is generally defined as unlawfully entering or remaining in a place with the intent to commit a crime. The seriousness of the offense is determined by the nature of the place involved and whether violence or weapons were used.
The penalties for theft crimes in Colorado under C.R.S. § 18-4-401 are defined by the value of the property taken. “Theft” occurs when a person “knowingly obtains or exercises control over anything of value of another without authorization, or by threat or deception” and (a) intends to permanently deprive the owner of the thing of value; (b) uses or abandons the thing of value in a manner that deprives the owner of the use or benefit of the thing of value; (c) uses or abandons the thing of value intending to deprive the owner of the use or benefit of the thing of value; or (d) demands any consideration for the return of the thing of value to the owner.
A trespass occurs when a person knowingly and unlawfully enters or remains in the dwelling or premises of another, or enters any motor vehicle with the intent to commit a crime, or when a person unlawfully enters or remains in the common areas of a hotel or apartment or condominium building. Trespass can be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances and the nature of the premises.
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