Colorado Springs Grand Theft Defense Attorneys
What Is Grand Theft?
If you take something from somebody without that person's permission and have no intention of returning it, you have committed theft. Under United States law, there are two broad categories of theft: petty theft and grand theft.
The major difference between the two is the value of the stolen goods. Theft of goods worth less than an amount specified under state law, usually $400 or $500, is petty theft. Theft of goods over that amount is considered to be grand theft.
While the former is a misdemeanor, grand theft is a felony in Colorado. Basically, if you are facing this type of charge, it means you could be in a lot of trouble and you absolutely need an attorney. To hire an experienced theft defense lawyer who will fight aggressively on your behalf when your day in court arrives, contact The Bussey Law Firm, P.C.
Examples of Grand Theft
Grand theft is a term that encompasses a variety of crimes. Basically, any time someone takes something from someone else that has a higher value than the state minimum, the authorities may charge the person with grand theft. Some examples of grand theft include the following:
- Shoplifting bigger ticket items
- Stealing a vehicle (auto theft)
- Committing identity theft for the purpose of obtaining money or merchandise
- Committing credit card fraud for the purposes of stealing from the card holder or the credit card company
- Stealing items or money worth a certain amount from a person's home or a place of work
Types of Grand Theft in Colorado
In Colorado, there are different degrees grand theft. This makes sense since stealing a computer worth $600 is a much different matter than committing credit card fraud and stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Higher values of stolen goods are associated with more serious felony classes and, typically, more severe punishments. For example, theft of goods worth under $15,000 is considered a Class 4 felony while theft of goods worth more than that amount is a Class 3 felony.
Why You Need a Grand Theft Defense Lawyer
A felony theft charge is not something you should take lightly. Without strong legal representation, you could be facing a substantial fine or even a lengthy prison term. The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. can work on your behalf to help you avoid jail time or reduce your charges. Our initial consultations are free, and Attorney Timothy Bussey has experience as a District Attorney and as a criminal defense attorney in Colorado Springs. Contact The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. today at (719) 475-2555 to discuss your case.