Defending Colorado Clients Against Shoplifting Charges
Colorado courts are divided into two jurisdictions: municipal court and state court. Shoplifting is considered a municipal court charge, but the consequences to your freedom, your record and your future career are anything but small.
Most often, we see shoplifting charges in Colorado occur at malls and outlet stores. Retail stores demand that their cities file shoplifting charges and punish theft from their businesses daily because of the enormous amount of lost revenue and higher prices that result from this crime.
Penalties for shoplifting and theft-related crimes will vary, depending 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. Regardless of the charge, these crimes can tarnish your criminal record and make it very difficult to get a job, loan or housing.
At Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C., our Denver-based criminal defense attorneys frequently see shoplifting tickets issued by police at malls such as Park Meadows in Lone Tree, Aspen Grove in Littleton and other malls with department stores in cities like Greenwood Village, Aurora, Boulder, Lakewood, Golden, Arvada, Westminster, Brighton, Denver and more.
Being caught shoplifting is embarrassing. But that doesn’t even come close to the scary prospect of serving up to a year in a county jail, having to pay up to a $1,000 fine, possibly serving probation and having a permanent record that stops you from getting into the job or career field of your dreams. Don’t take these charges lightly, the city attorney who is paid to prosecute you has immense pressure from their local community to put a permanent mark on your record and make sure it never happens again.
I was charged with shoplifting in Lone Tree, and I am embarrassed and afraid. What do I do?
The first thing to do is to contact a law firm of criminal defense lawyers that have handled countless shoplifting charges. We are shoplifting defense attorneys in Colorado, and we have both taken these cases to trial and avoided trial by negotiating outcomes that allow our clients to have the peace of mind they need. Each case is different, and your level of intent, prior history, age and criminal record all play a role in what may be your best solution. Regardless, the trained prosecutor sitting across from you in the courtroom is not interested in hearing how your “child placed the sweater” in your bag when you weren’t looking.
They don’t want to hear how you “forgot the diapers were in the bottom of the shopping cart” or how you “just tried the necklace on but forgot to pay for it.” They have heard it all, and the way they usually see it, you stole from their local business, you are contributing to the poverty of their community and you need to be punished.
I am going to school to be a physician assistant or a nurse. Will a shoplifting charge on my record ruin my career?
Every career path is different, and you should consult your particular profession by calling its hotline or your school’s anonymous resource center, but the facts are that, in this tough economy, jobs are at a premium, and people without criminal records get preferential treatment. We are here to help, but as Colorado criminal defense attorneys, we have an obligation to be candid with you, and we promise we will do that every single time.
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At Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C., we are shoplifting defense lawyers, and we take your life, your future and your family as seriously as you do. We will fight for you every step of the way and promise to not leave a single stone unturned in finding the way to best defend your shoplifting charges and criminal case. Call us for a free consultation today so we can meet with you and chat more about your case and how we can help. We are available to you anytime at 303-578-4036.