Free Initial Consultation
South Denver: 303-731-0719
North Denver: 303-916-9006
Toll free: 866-365-9351


Theft of Food? Hungry Arvada Man: Theft, C.R.S. 18-4-401

The Arvada Police were recently dispatched to a local Safeway to investigate an alleged Theft (C.R.S. 18-4-401). According to an employee of the Colorado store, a man left the store without paying for a cart of groceries. When the employee confronted the alleged perpetrator, the man said he needed to eat and then ran away with the groceries. The store could not yet tell the Arvada Police what the total value of the items taken was.

It is a sad byproduct of our bad economy when good people have to resort to theft in order to feed themselves and their families. As criminal defense attorneys, we are seeing more people come to us because they have been accused of shoplifting food in Jefferson, Douglas, or Arapahoe County, Colorado. It doesn't matter if a person is accused with stealing a $300.00 iPod or a $5.00 sandwich, the penalty for stealing anything valued less than $500 is up to one year in jail and up to a $1000 fine, since it is a class 2 misdemeanor. Likewise, theft of items valued between $500 and $999 is a class 1 misdemeanor, and theft of anything $1000 or above constitutes a felony.

While theft might seem like a simple crime, it requires proof of elements that may not always be so clear. For example, can someone be charged with this crime if the Aurora police believe the person intends to leave the store with unpaid items, but he has not yet left the store? These can be tricky questions of law, and people who are charged with any crime should have an attorney who knows how to litigate these issues in court.

If you have been accused of theft or shoplifting in Denver, Weld, or Adams County, the attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office can help achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Mitigating circumstances, like needing to provide the essentials of life for yourself or your family, can be used to make prosecutors understand the full picture of you as a person, not just as another number on their docket. Beyond that, our arsenal of legal experience after 20 years of law practice provides vast resources for legal maneuvering in your criminal case. We care about you.  So, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us today at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Facing Charges? Get Help Now!


Tell us about your case and one of our experienced attorneys will get back to you promptly.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Case Results:

  • Sexual Assault and Rape charges related to divorce. Acquittal from jury trial. Weld County, Greeley, Colorado.
  • Sexual Assault on a Child, Possession of Child Pornography. Acquittal from jury trial. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado.
  • Arson of Nursing Home. Dismissed by Court on Defendant's Motion to Dismiss. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado.
  • Felony Drug Distribution. Acquittal from jury trial. Boulder County, Boulder, Colorado.
  • Rape and Sexual Assault charges involving divorce and child custody. Acquittal from jury trial. Douglas County, Castle Rock, Colorado.
  • Burglary and Felony Theft. Dismissed by District Attorney. Arapahoe County, Englewood, Colorado.
  • Theft of Drugs by Nurse. Dismissed by District Attorney. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado.
  • Sexual Assault on a Child, Position of Trust. Acquittal from Jury Trial. Adams County, Brighton, Colorado.
  • Domestic Violence. Dismissed by District Attorney. Douglas County, Castle Rock, Colorado.
  • Violation of Restraining Order. Dismissed by District Attorney. Douglas County, Castle Rock.

24 hour emergency service Same-day jail visits Free initial consultation Reasonable fees Flexible payment plans

Call Toll free: 866-365-9351 South Denver: 303-731-0719 North Denver: 303-916-9006 Email us

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters.