Burglary is an offense that involves someone knowingly entering or unlawfully remaining on another’s property, while intending to commit a crime. The consequences of conviction are harsh and lengthy, with prison time and substantial fines as a possibility. A Colorado man now faces 2nd degree burglary charges after allegedly stealing 15 comic books worth a total of $49,000 from a store where he previously worked. Charges of this magnitude require immediate representation from a skilled burglary lawyer.
What is 2nd Degree Burglary in Colorado?
The level of burglary charge largely depends on the type of property entered and extent of danger to those inside. C.R.S. 18-4-203 defines the circumstances of burglary in Aurora, Colorado. Someone commits this offense in Arapahoe County if they:
- knowingly break an entrance into a building or occupied structure,
- unlawfully enter a building or occupied structure,
- or unlawfully remain in a building or occupied structure,
- with the intent to commit a crime (other than trespass) against someone or property
It is important to note that burglary doesn’t occur if the person decides to commit the crime after entering the building or structure. The intent must be present prior to entering for burglary to apply. Additionally, a person may be found guilty of burglary for remaining in a building with the intent to commit an offense, even if they entered the structure lawfully to begin with.
How Long Do You Go to Jail for 2nd degree burglary?
Typically, second-degree burglary is a class 4 felony if the offense occurred in a building or structure. Potential consequences include 2 – 6 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections and up to $500,000 in fines. However, if the burglary took place in a dwelling (house, apartment, condo, etc), a class 3 felony can apply. Amplified punishment of 4 – 12 years in prison and fines up to $750,000 may result. A mandatory parole period of 3 – 5 years also accompanies these levels of burglary after release from incarceration.
How serious is 2nd degree burglary in arapahoe county?
Very. Conviction of this felony offense can negatively affect many aspects of your life. However, just because you’ve been charged with burglary doesn’t mean that you’re guilty. Consulting an expert burglary lawyer is the first step in forming a strong defense on your behalf. Perhaps you were lawfully on the property itself or the building wasn’t in fact a dwelling. Nevertheless, contact our office for a free consultation where we will carefully analyze your unique situation and suggest next steps. Our results speak for themselves.
If you or someone you know is facing a burglary charge, be smart. Contact an experienced burglary lawyer at O’Malley and Sawyer at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.
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