Facing Charges of Theft or Another Economic Crime? We Can Help You Fight the Charges.
Colorado criminal courts and district attorney’s offices across the state are cracking down on economic crimes and white collar crimes. In addition to lengthy prison sentences, prosecutors and judges will try to impose tens of thousands of dollars in fines and restitution. They may even try to seize your assets.
Your mistakes don’t define you, but the way you handle them does. At Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C., we are Colorado criminal defense attorneys based in Denver, and we work for you. We save lives, restore reputations and find that much-needed second chance.
Call us for a free consultation so that we can begin repairing the damage in your life and fighting for your rights. Call us today at 720-407-2582 and find out why we say: “When you need us, we are there for you.” You can also reach us online.
What Is ‘Theft’ Under the Law?
Theft is a crime of “moral turpitude.” Pleading guilty can often seem like the easiest way to avoid jail time or get a reduced fine. However, a guilty plea means that the conviction goes on your record. This can make it difficult to get a job, secure a loan or mortgage or find rental housing.
Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor theft or felony theft, the definition under the Colorado Revised Statute § 18-4-401 remains the same. In short, a person commits theft when they “knowingly obtain or exercise control over anything of value of another without authorization, or by threat or deception, and intend to deprive the other person permanently of the use or benefit of the thing of value.”
Theft also means that a person “knowingly conceals or abandons the thing of value in a manner that deprives the other person permanently of its use or benefit.” In other words, theft means that you take something that isn’t yours and you intend to keep or hide it so that the person you took it from cannot ever get it back and use it for themselves.
As experienced attorneys, we understand that there are many gray areas when it comes to using and loaning items or inadvertently walking out of a store with an item. It can also be difficult to prove intention. It can make a definite difference to your future to understand the ramifications of pleading guilty. We offer a free consultation so that you can better understand your options.
Aggressive Defense and Trial-Tested Skills for Many Types of Charges
Penalties for shoplifting and theft-related crimes depend on the amount of money involved and the circumstances of each specific case. The difference between a misdemeanor charge and felony theft lies in the value of what was allegedly stolen.
- Shoplifting/petty theft
- Felony theft
- Employee theft/embezzlement
- Possession of stolen property/theft by receiving
- Auto theft
- Robbery/armed robbery
- First-, second- and third-degree burglary
- Insurance fraud/bank fraud
Being charged and found guilty of any of these crimes can tarnish your criminal record and make it very difficult to get a job, loan or housing.
At our firm, attorney Shazam Kianpour uses his credibility with area prosecutors and judges as well as his trial-tested skills to work on your behalf from the moment you call. He will examine whether violations of your constitutional rights took place during the arrest or processing. Case dismissal can result from such violations. He always pursues achieving the most favorable outcomes for his clients.
There Is no Case too Complex for Us
If you have made one of the mistakes below, click on the link that applies to you and read a little bit more about your rights, how the law applies to you and how we can make a difference.
- All degrees of burglary charges
- Sophisticated economic crimes (white collar crimes) such as identity theft, all types of fraud charges, racketeering, embezzlement and many more
- Misdemeanor and felony theft charges involving conversion of property, including employee theft, theft by receiving, shoplifting, mail theft and many more
- Forgery and forged checks
- Criminal mischief/property destruction that is usually related to domestic violence incidents
Most of these crimes are considered “crimes of moral turpitude” by banks, lenders, employers, landlords and other people with whom you are going to want to do business or from whom you may need to get help in your life, future and career. A crime of moral turpitude is one that alleges: “This person cannot be trusted because they lie, steal or deceive.” That’s a harsh way to go through life simply because you made a mistake.
We Are Ready to Fight for You
That is why it is important to turn to experienced criminal defense attorneys. We will take immediate, aggressive actions to help you resolve your case in as favorable a way as possible. Our goal is to help you move on with your life.