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How Does Trespassing Turn into Burglary in Denver?


Denver Lawyer for Trespassing & Burglary

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.

Definition of First Degree Criminal Trespass, C.R.S. 18-4-502: "A person commits the crime of first degree criminal trespass if such person knowingly and unlawfully enters or remains in a dwelling of another or if such person enters any motor vehicle with intent to commit a crime therein."

With a class 5 felony charge in Arapahoe County, Trespass penalties are significant, having the possibility of up to three years in the Colorado Department of Corrections and a fine up to $100,000.

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

Trespassing cases frequently transition into Burglary cases in Castle Rock, Lone Tree, 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.

Learn about the three types of Burglary Charges in Douglas County.

Jefferson County Burglary Charges

Across Colorado, men and women are caught off guard when what they thought was a small charge 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.

Adams County Attorney for Trespass or Burglary Charges

If you are contacted by police about Trespassing (Trespass) or Burglary charges in Adams or Douglas County, never give a statement. Be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the best criminal defense attorneys at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.

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