Many people don’t treat shoplifting as the serious crime that it is. This might be in part because TV sitcoms consider shoplifting to be something that you can apologize for doing and then walk away (after returning the merchandise). But that’s not the case: shoplifting comes with harsh penalties.
If you’ve been accused of shoplifting, you know first-hand just how seriously law enforcement treats this crime. In Colorado, shoplifting can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the value of the merchandise stolen.
If the items are valued at less than $500, the crime is classified as a misdemeanor. The penalties can include the following:
- 3 months to 1 year in jail
- Fines between $250 and $1,000
If the items are between $500 and $1,000 in value, the crime is considered a misdemeanor. The penalties can include the following:
- 6 months to 18 months in jail
- Fines between $500 and $5,000
If the value of the items is between $1000 and $20,000, shoplifting is a felony, with penalties including:
- 2 to 6 years in jail
- Fines between $2,000 and $500,000
Finally, if the value of the items is above $20,000, the crime is a felony. The penalties are severe:
- 4 to 12 years in jail
- Fines between $3,000 and $750,000
The consequences of shoplifting are severe, which is why it’s important to have the help of an experienced attorney. When you or a loved one has been charged with shoplifting, the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara can help.
We’re here to answer all of your questions, let you know your options, and give you the honest advice you need. We’ll fight to reduce or dismiss the charges against you.
Call us today for a free, confidential consultation.