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Theft of property or cash worth $2,000 or more (“grand theft“) is always a felony larceny charge in Colorado. The higher the value of the items stolen, the harsher the Colorado State Prison sentence and fines.
In addition, stealing $500 or more from an elderly or disabled person is always a class 3 felony – carrying 4 to 12 years in prison and/or $3,000 to $750,000. And if the value of the property is less than $500, stealing from an at-risk person is a class 5 felony – carrying 1 to 3 years in prison and/or $1,000 to $100,000.
Furthermore, Colorado felony theft sentences carry an order to pay restitution to the victim for the cash or thing of value that was stolen.1
Note that larceny carries the same penalties as embezzlement. But larceny carries different penalties from other types of theft such as robbery (which requires the use of force or threats), burglary, theft of trade secrets, and identity theft.
Theft of a motor vehicle is nearly always a felony under Colorado criminal law. First-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft is defined as stealing a car and either:
Meanwhile, second-degree aggravated auto theft is stealing a car without any of the above three factors. The penalties for both first- and second-degree aggravated auto theft turn on the value of the stolen vehicle:
Note that a third-time auto theft conviction is always a class 3 felony carrying 4 to 12 years in prison and/or $3,000 to $750,000.
Therefore, the only time auto theft is not a felony is second-degree aggravated auto theft of a car worth less than $2,000.2
Theft is not a Colorado felony if the value of the property is less than $2,000.
Note that pick-pocketing or otherwise stealing from an elderly or disabled person is always a felony under Colorado theft laws – no matter the value of the property.3
The district attorney can reduce Colorado felony theft charges down to misdemeanor- or petty theft if you can show that the allegedly stolen property was priced at less than $2,000. Or it may be possible to get the theft case dismissed by arguing that:
Colorado convictions for stealing $100,000 or more (class 2- or 3 felonies) can never be sealed. Otherwise, felony theft convictions are sealable three years after the case ends.
Note that any felony charges for theft offenses which get dismissed can be sealed right away.4 Learn how to seal Colorado criminal records.
If you have been arrested on criminal charges, contact our Colorado criminal defense lawyers for legal advice. Our DUI/domestic violence/criminal defense attorneys have law offices in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Loveland. And our Colorado law firm takes criminal cases throughout the state of Colorado including Arapahoe County and more. Call us or use our contact form.
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Michael Becker has over a quarter-century's worth of experience as an attorney and more than 100 trials under his belt. He is a sought-after legal commentator and is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Nevada, California, and Florida.
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