Shoplifting is charged as theft in the City of Denver Municipal Code, which includes the county of Denver. Both shoplifting and theft are interchangeable terms, and officers will use either term when writing a ticket.

How can you be charged with theft in Denver Municipal Court? Section 38-51.5 of the Denver Municipal Code prohibits taking another’s goods or merchandise valued at $1,000 or less without authorization from the owner. In order to be guilty, the person doing the “taking” must intend the taking to be permanent, and with the idea that they would not return the property taken. Price tag switching (prevalent in the days before UPC codes) is included in this set of laws.

Denver’s laws against shoplifting and theft also prohibit the unlawful taking of parking services. Section 38-51.10 of the Denver Municipal Code prohibits exchanging parking tickets, and any “tripping of timed parking” devices (tripping is another word for tampering). It is interesting that Denver is so concerned about their parking lots that they would charge you with a crime for something as innocent as taking a parking ticket from someone who is leaving a lot that you have just entered but have not yet paid.

So why do you need a lawyer in such instances? The side effects of municipal court criminal conviction for theft/shoplifiting include:

  • Inability to get a job
  • Inability to get financing
  • Having your credibility questioned by others for the rest of your life.

If you are charged with one of these offenses, please contact Denver criminal defense attorney Shaun Kaufman, of Shaun Kaufman Law, P.C., where we understand the nuances of defending someone charged with Denver Municipal Code offenses for theft and shoplifiting.

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