Felony and misdemeanor Theft cases under Colorado law (C.R.S. 18-4-401) can be very difficult to maneuver through the legal system and require the help of an experienced Denver area criminal Lawyer. Police detectives in Aurora, Lakewood, and Denver are often quick to charge theft crimes without actually being able to prove that it happened. That’s where a trial attorney can be worth their weight in gold. The attorneys at the O’Malley Law Office are knowledgeable to the schemes and tricks of the cops and District Attorneys.
Theft is Easy to Charge, Harder to Prove
Often times, the District Attorneys in Douglas, Arapahoe, and Denver County will try to prove Theft cases without enough evidence. They will lack the ability to prove a petty offense charge because they don’t have “intent”. For instance, Kohl’s in Denver and throughout Colorado reports many questionable theft cases to police. One of the issues our lawyers argue is that many of these suspects in Suspects are detained before they attempt to leave the store. In some extreme cases, retailers and mall stores will accuse an innocent person of shoplifting when the innocent person didn’t take anything.
Law enforcement isn’t much better when it comes to accusing people of shoplifting. The police in Jefferson, Adams, and Broomfield County will try and charge a person with petty larceny when the person didn’t take anything. When a Denver criminal attorney gets hired on these cases, they can make the difference between a conviction and an acquittal.
Felony or Misdemeanor Theft Depends on the Value of the Item in Question
Theft cases under C.R.S. 18-4-401 are unique in Colorado law because the punishment for the crime is based upon the dollar value of the item(s) allegedly taken. This is another situation where a criminal defense lawyer can make the difference in Larimer, Weld, and El Paso County. We have ways to examine the record and lower the dollar amount allegedly stolen to lessen any potential penalties.
Not many attorneys know how to correctly handle Felony Shoplifting, misdemeanor and Petty Theft cases. There are many steps in the legal process which need to be completed accurately and in a timely manner to ensure that your rights will be preserved. The criminal defense lawyers at O’Malley Law Office know how to fight against the government in criminal case charges in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Denver. So, if you or a loved one have been charged with a crime, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us today at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.