Late 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.
What is Burglary?
It is important to understand the elements of Burglary which are needed in order to be charged in Arapahoe, El Paso, or Douglas County. Burglary isn’t simply breaking into someone’s home. In order to be charged, a person must break or enter into someone’s home or building with the intent to commit a crime. This “intent” must be present in order to be accused of Burglary. In most cases, the intended crime is usually Theft, but it can be almost anything, like Assault or Menacing without any intent to trespass.
The Doggie Door Burglar’s Alleged Crimes
The doggie door burglar was charged with Burglary as well as Theft and Criminal Mischief. This is because the underlying crimes were most likely stealing property inside the home (Theft) and the damage of property while she was in the home (C riminal Mischief).
Why You Need a Criminal Lawyer for Burglary Charges
When crimes are committed, the charges often pile up; as with the case of the doggie door burglary where the woman was charged with multiple crimes. When charges add up, serious jail-time is possible. This is why you need to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can fight the multiple charges against you. Don’t stand alone in court and try to defend yourself. You need an advocate who has years of experience in the criminal justice system fighting on your behalf. A Burglary conviction will follow you for the rest of your life – don’t plead guilty before you speak with an attorney.
If you or a loved one has been contacted by the police regarding Burglary charges, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O’Malley Law Office for a free consultation at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.
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