You’ve probably heard the old phrase that “the pen is mightier than the sword.” When it comes to stealing other’s property through fraud and forgery, the deception and lies written by that pen can result in years behind bars and a life of being branded a dishonest thief.
In Colorado, if you take someone else’s property without their consent, you won’t be charged or convicted for stealing. Stealing is not a crime.
But stealing is the underlying basis for a number of separate and distinct crimes under Colorado law. Theft is a crime. Robbery is a crime. Burglary is a crime. If you’re caught stealing, you will face criminal charges for one of these offenses, each of which comes with severe penalties upon conviction.
Being in the wrong place at the wrong time can get you in a lot of trouble. Being in a place you have no legal right to be at a time you have no right to be there can also get you charged with the crime of criminal trespassing in Colorado. Sometimes, however, it isn’t always clear whether or not someone was within their rights to be on a given piece of property. If you have been charged with trespassing, or believe someone has trespassed on your property, it is important to understand what the crime of trespassing involves and what it does not.
If you intentionally injure someone in Colorado, you will be charged with assault. Even if you did not mean to cause the injury or hurt the person as bad as you did, you will be charged with assault. And if your actions resulted in serious injuries, involved the use of a weapon, or caused harm to a police officer, firefighter, or other specially protected individuals, you could be facing a long, long time behind bars if convicted.
Assault in Colorado can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, and within those broad categories, the nature of the assault and the degree of harm it caused will determine the seriousness of the charges and the potential consequences you will face.
If you were convicted or pled guilty to a crime in Colorado, the last thing you want to do after you’ve served your time, paid your penalties, or otherwise met your responsibilities is to wind up right back in court facing even more consequences. But if you violate any of the terms of your probation, the ordeal that you were trying to put behind you can keep costing you and lead you right to jail.
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Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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