Being charged with theft or armed robbery can result in serious felony charges and penalties upon conviction for incidents that allegedly involve valuable property and/or use of a threat or weapon in the process of committing the alleged offense. The primary difference between theft and robbery is that, while theft involves the general act of taking something of value from another party (such as through identity theft, shoplifting or embezzlement), robbery is an offense in which the item of value is taken directly from another person by use of intimidation, force or threats. With theft or robbery allegations, the severity of the charges at hand will be intensified if the accused has a criminal record and/or another person was injured or killed as a result of the alleged offense.
At the Adams Law Firm, our Denver theft and armed robbery defense attorneys are highly experienced at defending the rights of those who are facing such property crimes charges, and we strongly encourage the accused to consult with us as soon as possible so they can guarantee that they have the strongest possible defense case. While we are extremely knowledgeable about criminal laws and the court process in general, our Denver theft and armed robbery lawyers are also skilled litigators who will aggressively go up against prosecutors in any legal setting. From arraignment through trial, our legal professionals will work relentlessly to help our Clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases.
Theft Charges, Convictions and Penalties
If no other aggravating factors, such as a criminal record or use of anillegal weapon, played a role in the alleged theft, then the following types of theft charges will generally be applied to each situation:
When less than $500 in property has been taken, Class 2 misdemeanor charges will be filed, and they can be punishable by up to 1 year in jail and fines up to $5,000.
When the alleged stolen property has a value between $500 and $999.99, Class 1 misdemeanor charges will be filed and can be punishable by up to 18 months in jail and fines up to $5,000.
When between $1,000 and $19,999.99 in property has been stole, Class 4 felony charges will be filed and can be punishable by by up to 12 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.
When property valued at more than $20,000 has been stolen, Class 3 felony charges can be filed and can be punishable by 24 years in prison and up to $750,000 in fines.
Armed Robbery Charges and Penalties
For robbery cases, if no weapon was used in the course of the alleged robbery and no other aggravating factors are associated with the case, then the charges will typically be Class 4 felony charges with the aforementioned penalties upon conviction. If, however, a weapon was used in the alleged robbery, then aggravated or armed robbery charges will be filed, and these will be usually be Class 3 felony charges with the aforementioned penalties upon conviction.
If you or a loved one has been charged with any property crime, make sure you have the strongest possible defense, and contact our Denver theft and armed robbery defense attorneys by emailing us or calling us at (720) 333-9490.
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When facing any type of criminal charge, the accused will want to secure the strongest possible defense representation in order to reduce the chances of conviction, the possibility of having to submit to harsh sentences and the chances of having a permanent criminal record.
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