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Frequently Asked Questions

Many people with otherwise spotless records may face theft charges at some point in their lives. Whether you committed a theft on a whim or the matter is a misunderstanding, it is crucial to find a non-judgmental and experienced lawyer to represent your case. The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. has experience handling a variety of theft cases. The questions below provide a general overview of this crime. Your lawyer will be able to tell you more.

What is Theft?

What Are the Different Types of Theft?

What Are the Punishments for Theft?

A Merchant Falsely Accused Me of Shoplifting. Is There Anything I Can Do?

I Made a Mistake and Committed Theft. Shouldn't I Just Take the Punishment the Courts Decide to Give Me?




What is Theft?

The most basic definition of theft is stealing another's property. The other party did not give you permission to take that property and you did not have a legal right to take it.

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What Are the Different Types of Theft?

There are many different types of theft. Shoplifting and petty theft are usually viewed by the law as relatively minor forms of theft. Grand theft and auto theft are more serious matters. Armed robbery is a very serious crime that may result in lengthy prison sentences for an individual if he or she is convicted.

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What Are the Punishments for Theft?

Every situation is unique and it is therefore impossible to predict exactly what a person's punishment will be for a specific type of theft in Colorado. A lot will depend on the quality of your legal counsel, the judge, the value of the property you stole, whether you stole property in the past and whether you used weapons or violence during the theft.

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A Merchant Falsely Accused Me of Shoplifting. Is There Anything I Can Do?

This happens more frequently than you probably think. For instance, a shopper might take a tube of toothpaste into a store to make sure to buy the right kind. After finding the brand she is looking for, the shopper sticks the other tube back in her purse. A merchant who just sees this might assume the individual is shoplifting. There are rules in place to prevent such misunderstandings, but store owners, managers and security personnel don't always follow them. If a merchant breaks any of these important rules, it will be difficult for them to prove their case in court. Your lawyer can help you explain the situation to the courts and hopefully get the charges dropped.

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I Made a Mistake and Committed Theft. Shouldn't I Just Take the Punishment the Courts Decide to Give Me?

There is no reason to ruin your life over a single mistake. If the evidence against you is strong, you may have to pay a fine or spend some time in jail depending on the circumstances. On the other hand, if the other party has a weak case, a court may find you not guilty. You have a legal right to obtain the best defense possible to try to have your charges reduced or dropped. Clearing the matter up quickly and learning from your mistake is a positive way to deal with this unfortunate situation. The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. is pleased to provide effective criminal defense services. Contact our Colorado theft attorneys to find out how we can help you.

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