Attempting to commit an offense is a crime in Denver and throughout Colorado. Regardless of whether the crime was in fact committed, consequences are just one class / degree less than those associated with the offense that was attempted. If an individual tries to commit a crime and fails, prosecutors can charge Criminal Attempt to Commit a Crime. These charges can be filed relating to several different crimes including Theft, Robbery, and Assault.
In Denver and Arapahoe County, any person can become the defendant in a criminal case even though they did not complete any crime. Imagine the guy who was getting ready to break into a house, but never got inside. Think about the woman who put some expensive perfume in her purse, but never left the store. Or, the teen ager who set up a camera in the girl's bathroom, but it's battery died and he never recorded anything. Each of these people could still be charged with a crime. The first? Criminal Attempt to Commit a Crime of Robbery. The second could be charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit Theft, and the teenager could be charged with Criminal Attempt Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification. Read more about Criminal Attempt to Commit a Crime.
"Well, I didn't actually do it." I've heard this before when new clients come to my office. What they don't realize is that Attempt to commit a crime can be nearly as bad as doing it. Imagine the bank robber caught in the act. Or picture the employee caught forging a payroll check to a nonexistent employee. In each instance, Colorado law looks to our Criminal Attempt law: C.R.S. 18-2-101.
Criminal Attempt (C.R.S. 18-2-101) in Jefferson, Adams and Weld County is charged when a person has the same culpability (level of guilt) that is required to commit a crime, and the person takes a substantial step toward committing the crime even though the person does not succeed in its commission. Attempt to Commit a Crime can apply to almost any crime.