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.
Three Different Types of Burglary
Colorado law provides three different levels of Burglary charges. Those charges are First Degree Burglary (C.R.S. 18-4-202), Second Degree Burglary (C.R.S. 18-4-203) and Third Degree Burglary (C.R.S. 18-4-204). So, what are the factors the District Attorney in Adams, Broomfield, and Jefferson County will evaluate to determine the degree of crime to charge by criminal complaint for breaking into someone’s property?
The type of Burglary charge is based on the factors alleged in police reports describing the crime. Those include whether the place burglarized was a home; whether the person who broke into the property was seeking narcotics like cocaine, prescription medications, or other drugs; and whether the building was a residential building (house, townhome, condo, apartment). Each of these factors can have a dramatic effect on the potential charges and related punishment.
Potential Sentence for Burglary in Denver and Across Colorado
The punishment for Burglary in El Paso, Boulder, and Clear Creek County will range from a class 2 felony to a class 5 felony. A class 2 felony carries a maximum punishment up to 24 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, while a class 5 felony carries a maximum punishment of up to 3 years in prison. Of course, in most instances, probation is a possible sentence as well. As you can see, ensuring that you have the best criminal defense lawyer to fight on your behalf is pivotal to you and your loved ones.
Attorneys are Different – We Won’t Rest Until We Fully Investigate Your Case
You need to be assured that your attorney will do everything possible for your defense. In Lakewood, Aurora and Arvada, we meet with witnesses and hire investigators to meet witnesses. The police will often ignore witnesses they know won’t support their version of what they say occurred. We can travel to the location of the alleged burglary and examine evidence. We meet with you, review police reports, and prepare your defense. As your lawyers, we care about what happens to you and we invest the time in your case to fight for your innocence.
We fight for our clients to receive the best outcome possible. The result we achieve ranges from a dismissal of the case, a deferred judgment and sentence, to a reduction in the possible sentence and fines. When we agree that your case should proceed to trial, we strive for a not-guilty or acquittal jury verdict. So, if you are being investigated or have been arrested for Burglary, remember to be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us at 303-731-0719. Together we can protect your future.