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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.

Trespassing in Arapahoe County, C.R.S. 18-4-502

By entering in to the dwelling of another without permission, you can be charged with First Degree Criminal Trespass (Trespassing) in Aurora or Centennial. This class 5 felony charge is significant, with the possibility of up to three years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

C.R.S. 18-4-202, Burglary in Douglas County

Trespassing cases frequently transition into Burglary cases in Castle Rock and Parker. This occurs because the two cases have similar elements to complete the crimes. Generally speaking, Trespass + the commission of any other crime while in a person's residence, becomes Burglary. If no gun is involved, Burglary of this type involving a dwelling is charged as Second Degree Burglary - a class 3 felony.

Across Colorado, men and women are caught off guard when what they thought was a small charged turns into a huge one. Jefferson County, Colorado, DA's and police seem to show no mercy with Burglary charges, particularly if someone earns their living by entering homes, stealing items and committing Burglary. It is common across Colorado that we want to have safety within our homes. Nowhere else does Colorado law pack such a severe punch as with Burglary charges.

If you are contacted by police about Trespassing (Trespass) or Burglary charges in Adams or Douglas County, never give a statement. Instead, exercise your constitutional rights and remain silent. Then, call the best criminal defense lawyers at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.

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