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A conviction on a theft charge will leave that person with a permanent criminal record, a lifetime of negative impacts, large fines, and can result in significant time in prison. For instance, many companies run background checks on potential employees and often do not even consider employing a person based on a theft conviction regardless of the class of conviction which can be a petty, misdemeanor, or felony conviction.

Even a misdemeanor theft conviction can affect a professional license, and has the potential to negatively affect the ability to apply for bank loans when applying to finance the purchase of a vehicle, business, or home. Colorado law allows, in considering an application for housing, the landlord to consider a history of criminal acts which would adversely affect the health, safety or welfare of other tenants. Therefore, a landlord or housing unit may choose to deny housing based on a potential renter’s theft conviction.

Further, Colorado Springs is honored to be the home to a large United States military population with the presence of the Air Force and Army installations. A theft conviction, even a misdemeanor or petty offense conviction, can cause enlistment issues for members of the armed forces or a person hoping to enlist. The United States Military Services make every attempt to assess the moral quality of potential recruits, and several categories of moral offenses may preclude enlistment or cause a dishonorable discharge from the military. This is primarily accomplished by a criminal record examination.

This list of consequences and repercussions of not successfully defending a theft charge is not intended to be a comprehensive list. Instead, it is intended to provide a few examples of how a theft conviction on your criminal record could burden you long after the sentence is carried out.  This is way it is very important to have an attorney experienced in criminal law.