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    Theft of Trade Secrets 18-4-408

    If you have been charged with a Colorado Theft Based Crime you will need to know at least three things about that charge to make intelligent decisions about how to proceed.

    Theft of Trade Secrets 18-4-408

    Theft of Trade Secrets 18-4-408

    First, what are “the basic elements of the crime filed against you?  What is required to prove this crimes or these crimes in a Colorado Court of Criminal Law beyond a reasonable doubt?

    The elements of the Colorado crime of theft of trade secrets are:

    1. That the defendant,

     2. in the State of Colorado, at or about the date and place charged,

    3. with intent to [deprive or withhold from the owner thereof the control of a trade secret] OR [appropriate a trade secret to his own use, or to the use of another],

    4. [stole] [disclosed to an unauthorized person] [without authority, made, or caused to be made a copy of an article representing] a trade secret.

    5. [without the affirmative defense in instruction number _______________]

    Second, you need to know what “level” the crime is. Is it a felony or a misdemeanor?  Is it a petty offense – or a Municipal Code (City) violation?  This tells you the possible penalties or punishment for this crime under Colorado criminal law.

    Theft of Trade Secrets 18-4-408  …. is a CLASS 5 FELONY –

    (CLICK HERE for a LINK To the Charts For Colorado Felony Penalties

    Third, you need access to be able to read the entire law – the statute itself – to study exactly how it is drafted and how it can be used against you.

    Here is an EXACT REPRINT of the law in question with commentary where needed [HMS …..]:

    18-4-408. Theft of trade secrets – penalty

    (1) Any person who, with intent to deprive or withhold from the owner thereof the control of a trade secret, or with an intent to appropriate a trade secret to his own use or to the use of another, steals or discloses to an unauthorized person a trade secret, or, without authority, makes or causes to be made a copy of an article representing a trade secret, commits theft of a trade secret.
    (2) As used in this section:
    (a) “Article” means any object, material, device, or substance, or copy thereof, including any writing, record, recording, drawing, sample, specimen, prototype, model, photograph, microorganism, blueprint, or map.
    (b) “Copy” means any facsimile, replica, photograph, or other reproduction of an article, and any note, drawing, or sketch made of or from an article.
    (c) “Representing” means describing, depicting, containing, constituting, reflecting, or recording.
    (d) “Trade secret” means the whole or any portion or phase of any scientific or technical information, design, process, procedure, formula, improvement, confidential business or financial information, listing of names, addresses, or telephone numbers, or other information relating to any business or profession which is secret and of value. To be a trade secret the owner thereof must have taken measures to prevent the secret from becoming available to persons other than those selected by the owner to have access thereto for limited purposes.
    (3)(a) Theft of a trade secret is a class 1 misdemeanor. A second or subsequent offense under this section committed within five years after the date of a prior conviction is a class 5 felony.

    Notwithstanding section 16-5-401(1) (a), C.R.S., any prosecution for violation of this section shall be commenced within three years after discovery of the offense.

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