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Understanding Burglary Charges

Burglary Charges in Denver

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Breaking into a home or other structure with the intent on committing another crime within elevates trespassing charges to more heavily prosecuted ones: burglary. This theft crime is automatically considered a felony in the state of Colorado, which means a conviction could have a potentially devastating impact on your future.

It is easy to become overwhelmed by stress and uncertainty if you are facing criminal charges, so it is strongly advised that you do not attempt to represent yourself. I am Attorney David L. Owen, Jr. and I may be able to help you through this tumultuous time with qualified and knowledgeable representation. I have considerable experience representing clients in courts on both a state and federal level, and I take great pride in personally dedicating myself to each client’s needs.

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Burglary Charges Vary Widely

In order for trespassing charges to turn into burglary, your prosecution will be required to prove that you entered building or premises with the intent of committing another crime while inside. If this cannot be proven, your charges will simply remain as trespassing, which is a misdemeanor. Though it is considered a theft crime, an act of theft or intention of committing a theft crime does not need to be present.

The state's burglary laws are built on the aspects of unlawful entry and criminal intent.

There are three primary types of burglary:

  • First-degree burglary: entering a building with the intent of committing a crime inside, and doing so by using or threatening with a weapon, carrying an explosive, and/or assaulting someone.
  • Second-degree burglary: entering a building with the intent of committing a crime inside, but without threatening or assaulting another or using or carrying a weapon
  • Third-degree burglary: breaking into a container or other lockbox, such as a vault, safe, cash register, or safety deposit box with the intent of committing theft.

Possessing an object with the intent of using it to commit burglary is also known as “possessing burglary tools,” which carries additional penalties.

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