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Defending Against Breckenridge Theft Crime Charges

If you or a family member were on vacation in Breckenridge and were accused of shoplifting or stealing ski equipment, a theft crime conviction can carry severe penalties that can disrupt your personal and professional life. Our Summit County theft defense lawyers can review your charges to build the best possible defense.

At Whitaker & Penix, LLC, we are focused on achieving the best possible outcome for you. Our Breckenridge theft crime defense attorney can build a strong defense on your behalf. We can represent you during police interviews, in court, or at trial, if needed.

How We Build a Strong Defense for You Against Theft Charges

Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) § 18-4-401 defines theft as knowingly taking, receiving, controlling, or hiding something to which you have no legal right. You do not have to be accused of shoplifting something yourself to be charged with theft. Simply receiving or concealing stolen property can lead to criminal charges and possible conviction, according to C.R.S. § 18-4-406. If you are charged with theft of any kind, our criminal defense team can:

  • Identify and interview witnesses
  • Investigate the circumstances of the alleged theft
  • Examine the details of the state’s case against you

Depending on the circumstances of your case, our team can argue:

  • You did not steal the property.
  • You possessed the property but did not know it was stolen.
  • You were a victim of entrapment.
  • You thought the property belonged to you.

We also investigate your arrest to ensure that the police didn't violate your rights. We explore the defenses that best fit your situation.

How Colorado Classifies Theft

Theft charges range from a misdemeanor to a felony, with varying penalties upon conviction. The charge and penalties are based on the value of the stolen property:

  • Class 1 petty offense: Property value of $50 or less, up to six month in jail
  • Class 3 misdemeanor: Property value of up to $299, up to six month in jail
  • Class 2 misdemeanor: Property value of up to $749, up to one year in jail
  • Class 1 misdemeanor: Property value of up to $1,999, up to 18 months in jail

At $2,000 worth of stolen property, the charges become felonies. Felonies have more variables that affect the fines, jail times, and possible other penalties. Our Summit County criminal defense lawyer can explain the penalties the prosecutor could levy against you, but the charges are still based on property value:

  • Class 6 felony: Property value of at least $2,000 but less than $5,000
  • Class 5 felony: Property value of at least $5,000 but less than $20,000
  • Class 4 felony: Property value of at least $20,000 but less than $100,000
  • Class 3 felony: Property value of at least $100,000 but less than $1 million
  • Class 2 felony: Property value of at least $1 million

If the item in question is incorrectly valued, your potential penalties could be harsher than they would if the item was accurately valued. Our team can ensure that your charges are accurate and that you are charged accordingly before we fight for reduced charges or outright dismissals.

Theft Crimes We Handle in Colorado

Theft can encompass a wide variety of theft crimes in Breckenridge. When you choose our team to handle your pending criminal case, we can build a defense plan if you or a loved one was arrested for:

Your case is important to us, so we listen to your version of events without judgment. Our goal is to glean any important details that aid in your defense and provide us with leverage we can use in your favor.

Our Breckenridge Criminal Defense Attorneys Are on Your Side

Choosing the right law firm to support you throughout your ordeal can make a significant difference in your case. At Whitaker & Penix, LLC, we have two theft crime defense attorneys who represent clients in Breckenridge:

  • Kylie Whitaker brings seven years of experience as a criminal prosecutor and former assistant district attorney to your defense.
  • Ehren Penix brings three years of experience as a criminal prosecutor and four years in private practice.

Both Kylie and Ehren bring significant trial experience to the table for you.

We believe in continual communication. If you are within a 60-mile radius of Breckenridge, our team is ready to help you fight for your freedom and future.

Testimonials From Previous Clients

Our law firm is committed to helping our clients get a second chance. Clients we represented in the past say the following about working with our firm:

“... Extremely professional, efficient, and knowledgeable. I highly recommend Ehren and his law firm for any legal issues you may be facing.” — M. Lamb
“... Call Kylie! I felt that she worked hard for my case and took time to explain what she did… and what the best course of action is. She always responded promptly to my calls…5 stars!” — Skyler A.
“... Professional, communicative, and always returning calls promptly. His advice was based on knowledge and experience... I could not have been more pleased. I highly recommend him.” — K. Kellenberger

When you are ready to fight the criminal charges and possible penalties you face, our team is ready to stand by your side. We work hard to limit the personal and professional damage of conviction and the possibility of confinement.

We Are Ready to Defend You Against Theft Charges in Breckenridge

If you or someone you love in Breckenridge is facing theft charges, you do not have to fight alone. Our Colorado criminal defense attorneys can help you get a chance to start again. Find out how hard we fight for your freedom by contacting one of our Whitaker & Penix, LLC team members. Call (970) 368-0602 today.

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