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Burglary - C.R.S. 18-4-202, 18-4-203, & 18-4-204 | A Colorado Defense Attorney's Breakdown

How is Burglary Different from Theft in Jefferson County?

I've heard people talk about Burglary when they are really talking about theft, and also the other way around. Burglary is very different than Theft. A person can be charged with Burglary in Jefferson County without taking or trying to take anything of value. Theft, on the other hand, is all about taking something that does not belong to that person, and the value of the object stolen will determine how serious the Theft charge is in Jefferson County, Colorado. Burglary

Burglary Lawyer in Denver and Adams County | 1st, 2nd and 3rd Degree Burglary Charges

Burglary-Door.jpgIn Denver and Adams County, Colorado, there are various degrees of Burglary charges. These include First Degree Burglary, Second Degree Burglary, Third Degree Burglary and Possession of Burglary Tools. Burglary charges occur under many circumstances, such as breaking into a home to steal valuable items or refusing to leave someone's home after being involved in an argument. In every Burglary case in Colorado, prosecutors must prove intent to commit the burglary crime.

First Degree Criminal Trespass or Second Degree Burglary? A Lawyer Explains the Difference

Trespass-Burglary.jpgBurglary in Douglas County is Worse that Trespassing - A Defense Lawyer Explains Why

Being caught inside another person's house without permission is a very bad thing. How bad is determined by whether you are charged with committing First Degree Criminal Trespass or Second Degree Burglary in Douglas County. The first is a class five felony, but the second is a class three felony. The prison sentence between the two is a maximum of three years for the 1st DegreeTrespassing charge and twelve years for the Burglary charge. And, based on my experience, it is much more likely you will get a prison sentence for a 2nd Degree Burglary conviction vs. a Trespassing conviction.

Burglary in Colorado - C.R.S. 18-4-202, 203, & 204

Burglary.jpgColorado and Burglary - A Good Place to Live, or Not

A March 8, 2016, Fox News report quoted a FBI survey which ranked Colorado as number 30 out of 52 States (including District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) for the number of Burglaries per 100,000 people. That is to say, only 22 other states had fewer Burglaries than Colorado at 438.2. But don't be fooled if you intend to move to Pueblo County, Colorado. It has one of the highest Burglary rates in the country, coming in at a whopping 1,397 Burglaries per 100,000 people! That's the problem with statistics, if you don't have all the information they can be very misleading.

Entering Property of Another - Criminal Trespass and Trespassing Charges in Colorado

Sometimes, we are curious about what is behind the closed doors of others, in their back yards, or, we enter a home by mistake when drunk. We don't have any intent to steal or hurt anyone. We have seen all these scenarios occur in our Denver criminal defense law firm's twenty-five year history. This conduct can result in criminal charges for Second Degree Trespass / Trespassing in Denver and across our state.

How Can Trespassing Turn into Burglary in Denver?

Wandering into a neighbor's house while drunk in Denver can turn into Burglary, which is much more serious than Trespassing. While both crimes are a felony, it can make a bad situation even worse when you are charged with Burglary. Here's how this can happen.

Burglary - More than Just Breaking and Entering - Denver Criminal Lawyer

In Denver and Jefferson County, individuals are charged with Burglary not only for breaking and entering, but also for possessing the intent to commit a crime within the structure, car, dwelling, etc. In the news and on TV, burglars are always represented as figures hiding in the shadows with a ski mask. They are pictures as sneaking into a window of a mansion, or jimmying the lock on the back door of a jewelry shop. While these images are true, they only encompass a small portion of all crimes that fall under the burglary statutes. C.R.S. 18-4-202, 18-4-203 and 18-4-204 contain the three degrees of burglary that we will discuss in this blog.

Colorado's Three Main Burglary Crimes

The Basic Burglary Definition

In Denver, Broomfield and Jefferson County, defendants are charged with Burglary after unlawfully entering some kind of structure with intent to commit another crime. People typically assume that burglary means a person has broken into a residence and stolen something. However, the underlying crime does not necessarily need to be theft, but could be any crime. In addition to theft, burglary allegations often involve allegations of assault. Regardless of the crime, if the person enters or remains unlawfully (i.e. without permission) with the intent to commit any crime, that person can be charged with Burglary. Read about a real world Burglary example.

Burglary, C.R.S. 18-4-202 Attorney for Douglas County and all Colorado

Burglary charges in Douglas, Denver, and Arapahoe County are serious charges that can have serious consequences and it is always in your best interest to hire a criminal defense lawyer to help fight against the government. Breaking and entering into someone else's property is defined by statute in several different ways and each crime has its own potential punishments. Let's take a look at each of these in turn, so you are fully equipped in the future.

Burglary: Doggie Door Burglar Strikes in Douglas County

Doggie-Door-Bandit.jpgLate last year, an unusual alleged burglar was caught in Highlands Ranch. While she sounds like a character from a movie, this alleged thief wasn't labeled a cat burglar like the fellow in "To Catch a Thief." Instead, this woman is being called the "Doggie Door Burglar" because she allegedly gains entrance to homes in Douglas County through the dog doors of the homes. The woman has been charged with Second Degree Burglary - C.R.S. 18-4-203, Criminal Mischief - C.R.S. 18-4-501, and Theft - C.R.S. 18-4-401, among others. We hear the term "burglary" often, but many people don't understand exactly how a person is charged in Denver, Boulder, or Adams County. In this blog we'll take a closer look at this criminal offense.

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