Understanding Different Classifications of Theft

When you hear the word theft, what comes to mind? Do you automatically picture a burglar breaking in and stealing high dollar items like TVs and jewelry? While this is certainly one form of theft, there are several different classifications of theft.
Near the holidays, incidents of shoplifting and package theft increase exponentially. We have all heard horror stories about porch pirates stealing an innocent victims latest Amazon shipment. There are many motivations for theft, ranging from simple greed to struggles with food insecurity and provision for one’s family.
However, no matter the reason for the theft, the consequences are the same. Colorado does not take crimes of theft lightly; thus, if you are convicted for theft, you can expect to face a host of unpleasant repercussions. Continue reading to learn more about the specific categories of theft and their associated penalties.

Defining Shoplifting

Shop lifting is one of the most common forms of theft. This occurs anytime a perpetrator decides to swipe an item(s) from a retail store. The most common method for accomplishing the heist is by way of clothing/accessories. Thieves love to sneak stolen merchandise into a purse, backpack, diaper bag, or piece of clothing like pants or outerwear.

Crimes of Burglary

Burglary is another form of theft that you are likely familiar with. This serious crime occurs when an intruder breaks the law by entering a structure or property for the explicit purpose of criminal activity. Burglary generally involves trespassing onto/into private land, homes, or buildings and stealing the property of the owner. These actions can be more fully described as theft by burglary.

Crimes of Identity Theft

When considering categories of theft, an often-overlooked crime is identity theft. While it differs from other more traditional definitions of theft, it may be the most destructive crime on the list. This crime has blossomed significantly thanks to the technological revolution in recent decades. Hackers can easily access personal information via the internet as many people input sensitive personal information online. Identity theft can be defined as stealing someone’s personal information (ie, credit card number, social security number, PIN, and/or name) to pose as another person for monetary gain or the perpetuation of other crimes.

Understanding Grand Theft

Grand theft, as defined by Colorado law can be described as stealing $2,000 or more worth of money, items, or property belonging to another person. This crime carries is a felony and carries with it harsh consequences. However, depending upon the severity of the crime there are different levels of felonies and associated consequences. Thus, if you are convicted for grand theft, it is possible to spend as little as 18 months behind bars or as much as 24 years in prison, depending upon the unique circumstances of your case. You will also face fines ranging between $100,000 and $1,000,000.

Help! I’ve Been Charged with Theft

If you are currently facing theft related charges, make your next call to a reputable criminal defense attorney. These charges are serious and can negatively impact your life for years to come if you are convicted. Allow the compassionate and experienced experts to help better the outcome of your case!