In Colorado, you commit theft when you take anything of value belonging to another person without that person's consent. Depending on the value of the property stolen, theft can be a petty offense, a misdemeanor or a felony.
If, however, you knowingly take property from someone by the use of force, threat, or intimidation, it becomes robbery, which is always a felony.
If you wrongfully enter a property in order to commit theft or any other crime (not just theft) it is burglary. Burglary is always a felony (as is the unlawful possession of burglary tools, such as crowbars, lock picks, and blowtorches).
Penalties for theft, robbery and burglary are harsher than you might expect. They can include many years in a Colorado prison, especially if someone was harmed or the goal was to obtain a controlled substance.
If you have been charged with a crime, contact an experienced Denver Criminal Defense attorney, Molly Jansen Law Group, by filling out our online contact form or call our office for a free consultation.
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