Petty Theft Defense Attorney in Colorado Springs
Facing Theft Charges? Retain an Experienced Lawyer
The word "petty" means trivial or inconsequential, but someone who commits a petty theft may find that the fallout of such a crime can actually be quite serious.
If you are convicted of petty theft, it will remain on your record and may prevent you from securing certain types of employment in the future. If you have committed similar theft crimes in the past, a judge may even make the decision to send you to jail.
The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. understands the potentially huge impact a Colorado petty theft charge can have on an individual's life, which is why one of our areas of practice is defending people who have been accused of committing this relatively minor yet criminal act. Contact our Colorado Springs petty theft defense lawyers to find out how we can help you prepare the best defense possible in an attempt to minimize your fines and keep you out of jail.
What Is Petty Theft?
Petty theft is stealing items that are worth less than a specified amount, which is usually $400 or $500. For a crime to be a petty theft, the person must have had permission to be on the property where the theft was committed. If he or she did not have permission, police may also decide to charge him or her with trespassing, robbery or other offenses. Many instances of shoplifting are petty theft. Other types of petty theft may include stealing from a place of employment or a friend or family member's home.
What Are the Punishments for Committing Petty Theft?
Because petty theft is a misdemeanor, the punishments are typically not as harsh as they are for more serious crimes. First-time offenders in particular will typically receive light sentences. For instance, the judge may simply order them to make some type of restitution to the victim. In Colorado, average fines for committing a petty theft range between $250 and $1,000. The average jail sentence is three months to one year while the average probation period is one year.
What Should I Do If I Am Facing a Petty Theft Charge?
While there are no guarantees that a lawyer will be able to convince a judge to acquit you or reduce your charges, getting an attorney who has experience with these types of cases to represent you is always a good idea. A Colorado Springs defense lawyer can explain this area of the law to you, analyze your case and advise you on your best course of action. The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. is always happy to help. Contact us to discuss the benefits of having an experienced legal team on your side to protect your rights.