Theft Definition for Courts in the Denver Metro Area
Theft has been a constant problem in every society as long as people have been around. In the Denver Metro area Theft, C.R.S. 18-4-401, is defined as knowingly obtaining, retaining, or exercising control over anything of value of another without authorization or by threat or deception; ... A person can also be charged with Theft if that person "receives, loans money by pawn or pledge on, or disposes of anything of value or belonging to another that he or she knows or believes to have been stolen." Notice the terms "knowingly" and "believes" in both parts of the definition. It is often difficult to understand what a person knows or believes when they do things. Police and prosecutors won't spend much time trying to determine if a person thought they had a right to use property before making an arrest or filing Theft charges in Denver. Instead, they assume the worse and file charges. Ultimately, they let a jury or judge to determine their fate. Read the formal definition of Theft.