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Burglary vs. Robbery in Colorado

Stealing or taking another person’s property with the intention of never returning it is the underlying basis for several theft crimes in Colorado. Although burglary and robbery similarly involve stealing from someone else, each specific offense is based on the force used to obtain the property and its value. 

Burglary means unlawfully entering someone else's property to commit theft or any other type of crime. There are three degrees of burglary crimes in Colorado, and they are all felony offenses. 

First-degree burglary is a Class 3 felony, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 12 years and a fine of up to $750,000. Second-degree burglary is a Class 4 felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to six (6) years and a maximum fine of $500,000. Lastly, third-degree burglary is a Class 5 felony, which can lead to a prison term of up to three (3) years and a maximum fine of $100,000. 

By contrast, robbery means knowingly taking property from another person by using force, threats, or intimidation. Aside from simple robbery, there are two types of aggravated robbery charges in Colorado. 

Simple robbery is a Class 4 felony. Aggravated robbery involving a deadly weapon, another person’s injury, or causing someone else to fear for his/her life is a Class 3 felony. Aggravated robbery involving controlled substances is a Class 2 felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to 24 years and a maximum fine of $1,000,000. 

Felony convictions not only result in harsh criminal penalties such as prison time and fines worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, but it can have life-long consequences after you serve your sentence. If you are charged with burglary or robbery, you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you avoid conviction or serving serious penalties. 

Facing theft charges in Denver? Contact the Law Offices of David L. Owen, Jr., P.C. today at (303) 622-3281 to get more than 33 years of trial-tested experience on your side. Schedule a free consultation! 

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