Things you need to know about Theft charges (in the USA)

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With the rise of technology and internet exposure, online theft crimes are on rise and many people do not realize that charges of even trivial theft can destroy their career if not dealt up properly. Along with theft, computer crimes and fraud can lead up to serious charges. There are certain things you need to know about it. The penalty charges differ from state to state. In Denver, there are certain types that are found under THEFT CHARGES (CRS 18-4-401) .If you are facing theft charges, get a good Denver theft lawyer.

  1. Felony Theft- these theft crimes are a serious offense and also called grand theft. When it includes a large amount of money, goods or valuable property it retains a person to face felony theft.
  2. Misdemeanor Theft- petty theft that includes stealing of small amount of goods. Shoplifting comes under this category.
  3. Embezzlement or Employee Theft- occurring in workplaces ad organizations. It’s done by a person with intention to take over the money/value/asset/property given under his/her responsibility.
  4. Theft and Receiving- when a person who withholds of the property or money knowing beforehand that it is stolen, amounts to be charged by felony or misdemeanor.
  5. Auto vehicle theft (CRS 18-4-409) – a criminal act can make one face serious penalty charges or jail term.
  6. Credit-Debit Card Theft / Check Theft -unwarranted and unapproved use of any financial transaction.
  7. Mail Theft- it is a felony with serious charges.

What does one mean by theft? When a person is accused of theft; it is when he or she is found of intentionally depriving the other by stealing and accessing money, valuable property, assets or services with no further intention to return it. These crimes depend on the place of action and change from the local to the federal state of authority. The charges also depend on the measure of the theft from fines, imposing jail term, to court procedure and also repaying the victims.

It is also described as the generic term for all crimes in which a person intentionally and fraudulently takes personal property of another without permission or consent and with the intent to convert it to the taker’s use (including potential sale). In many states, if the value of the property taken is low (for example, less than $500) the crime is “petty theft,” but it is “grand theft” for larger amounts, designated misdemeanor, or felony, respectively. Theft is synonymous with “larceny.” Although robbery (taking by force), burglary (taken by entering unlawfully), and embezzlement (stealing from an employer) are all commonly thought of as theft, they are distinguished by the means and methods used, and are separately designated as those types of crimes in criminal charges and statutory punishments.

Theft charges may jeopardize the future and career of the defendant. It is a better option to find a lawyer and learn about the procedure and charges, one who can help you and fight for the best of the case.