Colorado Springs Theft and Robbery Defense Lawyer 

Theft and robbery are similar crimes in that both include the taking or exercise of control over the property of someone else without the other person’s consent. Robbery however, is a much more serious crime, since the taking of property involves a direct confrontation with the victim.  

How I and My Firm Help Clients Charged with Theft or Robbery

As the former #4 ranked defense in the United States Air Force (out of approximately 1,200 officers), my experience includes representing clients in virtually every type of criminal matter, including theft and robbery.  If you have been charged with a crime in Colorado, I can provide you with the experienced, tenacious defense that you need.

I offer fixed-fees for criminal representation, and accept credit card payments for my clients’ convenience.  I also offer free consultations, so if you or a family member is in need of criminal defense representation, please call me to get started.

In the interim, the following sections discuss the different classifications for theft and robbery in Colorado.

How is Theft Defined in Colorado?

In Colorado, a “theft” occurs when a person, among other things:

knowingly obtains, retains, or exercises control over anything of value of another, without authorization, or by threat or deception …, and:

  • intends to deprive the owner permanently of the use or benefit of the thing of value;
  • knowingly uses, conceals, or abandons the item of value in such a way as to permanently deprive the owner of the use or benefit of the thing of value;
  • uses, conceals or abandons the item of value, intending to permanently deprive the owner of its use or benefit; or
  • demands any payment to which he or she is not legally entitled, as a condition of restoring the property to the owner. 

In Colorado, theft crimes are punishable as follows:[1]

Value of Items Taken Classification Potential Punishment
$50 to $300 Class 3 Misdemeanor 0-6 months in jail, a fine of $50 to $750, or both.
$300 to less than $750 Class 2 Misdemeanor 3-12 months in jail, a fine of $250 to $1,000, or both.
$750 to less than $2,000 Class 1 Misdemeanor (most serious type of misdemeanor) 6-18 months in jail, a fine of $500 to $5,000, or both
$2,000 to less than $5,000 Class 6 Felony 1 year-18 months in prison, a fine of $1,000 to $100,000, or both
$5,000 to less than $20,000 Class 5 Felony 1 year-3 years in prison, a fine of $1,000 to $100,000, or both
$20,000 to less than $100,000 Class 4 Felony 2-6 years in prison, a fine of $2,000 – $500,000, or both
$100,000  to less than $1,000,000 Class 3 Felony 4-12 years in prison, a fine of $3,000 to $750,000, or both
$1,000,000 or more Class 2 Felony 8-24 years, and a fine of $5,000 to $1,000,000, or both

How is Robbery Defined in Colorado?

Robbery is defined in Colorado as taking anything of value from the victim or in the victim’s presence by using force, threats, or intimidation.

Robbery in Colorado is a Class 4 felony punishable by a sentence of up to 6 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.

Aggravated Robbery

Colorado also recognizes the crime of Aggravated Robbery, which is robbery with the use of a weapon or threat of violence.  More specifically, in Colorado a person may be charged with Aggravated Robbery if:

  • the person (or an accomplice) is armed with a deadly weapon, and the intent is to kill, maim, or wound the victim or anyone else; or
  • the person (or an accomplice) knowingly wounds or strikes the person robbed or anyone else, or uses force or threats to put the person being robbed in reasonable fear of death or bodily injury.[2]

The Punishment for Aggravated Robbery in Colorado

Aggravated Robbery is a Class 3 Felony in Colorado, and it is also considered an “extraordinary risk” crime subject to the modified (increased) presumptive sentencing range set forth in Section 18-1.3-401(10) of the Colorado Revised Statutes.  As a result, a conviction of Aggravated Robbery in Colorado can result in a prison sentence of 4-16 years and a $3,000-$750,000 fine.

Call Me for Experienced Legal Representation

If you or a family member are facing a serious criminal charge, the best opportunity for a favorable outcome will be through retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney as early as possible.  I invite you to call me today for a free consultation to learn how I can help. 

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[1] C.R.S. 18-4-401.

[2]  C.R.S. 18-4-302.