Burglary Crimes Lawyer in Denver
Charged with Residential Burglary in Colorado?
When you enter a home or building without permission, you are breaking
Colorado law. Even if your intentions were harmless, you can be charged
with trespassing and slammed with heavy penalties.
But if the courts have reason to believe you had intent to commit a crime
after unlawfully entering another’s property, that trespassing charge
is elevated to a much more serious charge—burglary.
Any type of burglary charge brings with it harsh penalties, regardless
of degree. All burglaries are considered
felonies, and punishable by lengthy state prison sentences and enormous fines.
As with all felonies, burglary convictions will leave a stain on your
permanent record, preventing you from getting jobs, securing housing,
and applying for loans in the future.
If you are facing a burglary charge it’s critical to enlist the aid
of an experienced Denver burglary defense attorney. A skilled legal team,
like the Law Office of Kevin Cahill, is often able to have a burglary
charge reduced or dropped by demonstrating that their client didn’t
intend to commit a crime when they entered the area or building in question.
The Different Degrees of Burglary in Colorado
Burglary occurs when someone illegally enters a home, building, or other
structure with the specific goal of committing a crime such as theft,
assault, or criminal mischief. In Colorado, there are three different
levels of burglary crimes—first, second, and third-degree burglary.
First and second degree cover burglary of buildings, while third-degree
is specifically for burglary of certain containers. The level of charge
may increase depending on factors such as whether a weapon was used, what
type of weapon was used, and whether the
Third Degree Burglary: In this type of burglary, the intended crime is usually theft, so the
burglary charge is frequently accompanied by
theft charges. Third-degree burglary is a Class 5 felony, punishable by up to 3 years
in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. If your purpose in committing
the burglary was to steal illicit drugs or another controlled substance,
third-degree burglary may be considered a Class 4 felony and carry even
Second Degree Burglary: This degree of burglary occurs when you illegally and knowingly enter
a structure with the intention of committing a crime against a person
or property. You may also be charged if you legally enter a building and
remain when it is illegal to do so to do so with the goal of committing
a crime. This is considered a Class 4 felony in Colorado if the structure
is a commercial property or business and punishable by up to 6 years in
prison and $500,000 in fines. Second-degree burglary may be considered
a Class 3 felony of a home, or it is a burglary with the intent to steal
illicit drugs or another controlled substance that is being lawfully contained
within the structure. With a Class 3 felony conviction, you face an even
harsher sentence, including a nearly doubled prison sentence.
First Degree Burglary: This is the most serious level under Colorado law. It occurs when you enter
illegally or remain illegally in a structure and assault or threaten a
person while entering or exiting, or while in the structure. This type
of burglary is considered a Class 3 felony, and is punishable with up
to 12 years in prison and $750,000 in fines. As with second and third-degree
burglaries, first-degree burglary becomes more serious with the intent
to steal drugs or illegal substances and is elevated to the status of
a Class 2 felony.
Additionally, if you have a restraining order that prohibits you from coming
near a person inside the structure or being on the property at all, you
can be charged with burglary even if you did not intend to commit a crime.
Why You Need Kevin Cahill On Your Side
The penalties for a burglary conviction listed here are just basic punishments
and do not include special classes, rehabilitation, and parole periods
that may accompany a burglary sentence. Each case is unique, and penalties
vary vastly depending on circumstances, weapon use, and intent. That’s
why it’s so important to enlist the aid of a seasoned burglary defense
lawyer, who can examine your case closely and devise the best possible
defense based on your unique situation.
Our Denver criminal defense lawyer's guidance and aggressive representation
can dramatically increase your chances of winning in court. Whatever your
situation, Kevin Cahill will work alongside you throughout the entire
legal process, providing guidance and doing everything in his power to
have your charges reduced or dropped.
If you’re ready for us to start building your defense strategy and
want to take the first step towards protecting your freedom and future,
contact Kevin Cahill. Call now at (720) 548-2990, your initial consultation is