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Colorado Shoplifting Defense Attorney

Penalties for Shoplifting in Colorado

Shoplifting is a very common offense that carries with it some severe consequences. Many individuals shoplift without thinking of the long-term repercussions of the crime. An individual is charged with shoplifting for intentionally taking merchandise from a store or other commercial establishment without paying for the item or items. Depending on the quantity and price of the stolen merchandise, you could face serious theft charges that could land you in prison or jail with substantial fines to pay. A shoplifting conviction will also appear on your criminal record. Employers, landlords, and other individuals may be hesitant to trust someone with a history of theft. If you have been accused of shoplifting, it is very important that you fight these charges with the assistance of a shoplifting defense attorney in Steamboat Springs.

Requirements to Secure a Shoplifting Conviction

In order to secure a shoplifting conviction, the prosecution will have to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • That a store clerk or other individual saw you approaching the merchandise
  • That someone saw you pick up or select the merchandise
  • That you were seen concealing the item or that you carried it away
  • That you did not pay for the item
  • That a store clerk or individual associated with the store approached you about the stolen item outside the store
  • That a single store clerk or other witness observed you throughout the entire shoplifting process from your approach to the merchandise to you walking out the door

At Feldmann Nagel, LLC, our Colorado shoplifting defense lawyers know that if the prosecutor cannot prove all of the circumstances listed above, he or she does not have a strong case against you. Our firm has successfully defended a number of clients against shoplifting charges in the past. Given the prosecutors heavy reliance on potentially circumstantial evidence, you stand a very good chance that your charges will be dropped or your sentence reduced. Don't let a shoplifting conviction limit your ability to live a free and successful life. Call our firm today.