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Theft in Colorado: When Does It Become a Felony?
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There are two general types of criminal charges in Colorado: misdemeanors and felonies. Within each of these categories are hundreds of different types of crimes, including assault, theft, or possession of controlled substances. Many of these acts can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the amount of damage done or the amount of substances involved.
 
Let’s take a look at theft.
 
Some theft crimes… Continue reading this article

The Line between Misdemeanor and Felony Shoplifting in Colorado
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In many cases, shoplifting is prosecuted as a misdemeanor in the Colorado courts. Not always, though.
 
What circumstances may arise to make the charge a felony offense?
 
In December 2016, police officers were called to a investigate a report of shoplifting at King Soopers in Arvada. The woman suspected of shoplifting was hiding next door in the bathroom of Walgreens. She had allegedly stolen about $75 in… Continue reading this article

Is it Shoplifting When an Employee Steals in Colorado?
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Shoplifting is a major cause of revenue loss in any retail operation. However, there is another significant source of revenue loss for businesses – employee theft.
 
In fact, studies have shown that employee theft is even more common than shoplifting. According to surveys, a whopping 95% of employees in the US workforce admit to stealing from their employer at some time or another. Although many cases of employee… Continue reading this article

Don’t Do This in Colorado If You Are Accused of Shoplifting
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Most shoplifting offenders are caught while in the act of shoplifting, usually when they are apprehended by store security. If you are accused of shoplifting, you may be alarmed and tempted to try to resist the efforts of store security or law enforcement, or to flee the scene.
 
Unfortunately, fighting back at the scene or attempting to escape when you’re accused of shoplifting are both very dangerous decisions.… Continue reading this article

Don’t Run from Shoplifting Penalties – Fight Back against Them
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Imagine this. You get charged with shoplifting at a Denver shopping center. You plead guilty and get two years of probation. Then, a few months later, you don’t show up for a review hearing. The court puts out a warrant for your arrest, but you don’t care because you’ve already moved out of state. What are they going to do, chase you down over a shoplifting charge?
 
Not… Continue reading this article

How Can I Defend Against a Colorado Shoplifting Charge?
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A shoplifting charge may seem minor, but depending on the value of the items in question, you may face felony charges and could even end up spending time in prison. Because of this, it is important to be prepared before entering the courtroom and have a strong defense ready for the judge.
 
In Colorado, shoplifting is defined as the act of knowingly obtaining or controlling someone else’s property… Continue reading this article

Understanding Colorado’s Shoplifting Laws and Penalties
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With the holidays upon us, everyone is out buying gifts for their friends and family. This can be a stressful time of year for anyone, but it’s even more stressful for retailers. As the number of shoppers increases, so does the number of shoplifters.
 
There are many reasons why someone may shoplift something. Maybe they couldn’t afford the item they took. Maybe their friends pressured them. Maybe it… Continue reading this article

6 Different Ways You Can Be Charged With Colorado Property Crimes
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Property crime refers to a group of illegal activities that involve damaging or stealing another person’s private property. Property crime charges range in severity in Colorado—from petty offenses like shoplifting and vandalism to felonies like arson and armed robbery.
 
Unlike violent crimes or sex crimes, most property crimes target objects instead of people. Still, many property crimes—like arson and burglary—endanger the lives of victims, and the law takes… Continue reading this article

Parents: What To Do If Your Teen Is Caught Shoplifting
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No parent ever wants to get a call from a store telling them that their teenager was caught shoplifting, but if you do find yourself in that difficult situation, it’s important to stay calm and think about how best to handle the situation. Read on for advice about how to handle a shoplifting incident.
 
Understanding Your Child’s Reasons for Shoplifting
 
First, you should recognize that there’s no specific… Continue reading this article

Employee Theft Is More Common in Low-Wage Jobs
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A lot of attention is given to the issue of customers shoplifting from retailers, but significantly less media attention is paid to another type of shoplifting: employees taking money or merchandise from the retailer they work for. Studies suggest that this less well-known type of shoplifting is a particularly big problem for retailers who pay low wages.
 
There are a lot of different reasons why people might shoplift, ranging… Continue reading this article