Burglary Charges in Colorado
In Denver, and elsewhere in Colorado burglary is a felony offense. Each case has its own set of circumstances that determine an appropriate Denver burglary defense. Factors such as where the burglary took place, whether anybody was assaulted or menaced during the burglary, and whether the property involved is a controlled substance are important indicators when determining the class of burglary to charge a person with. If a weapon or a firearm was used, chances are the defendant will be charged with first-degree burglary.
Third-degree burglary can be either a Class 5 or a Class 4 felony offense and may be levied if a person breaks into an automated teller machine or another object such as a vending machine, cash register or locker. Second-degree burglary can be either a Class 4 or a Class 3 felony. This crime is committed when someone knowingly breaks into a building or occupied structure, such as a residence. The first-degree burglary can be either a Class 3 or a Class 2 felony. A defendant may be charged with this crime if a burglary was committed with a deadly weapon, if somebody is assaulted during the commission of the crime or if the property stolen was a controlled substance. Even in cases where a burglary was committed by a group of people, and only one had a weapon, they will all be facing first degree charges.
Penalties for Class 5 felony offense can be up to 3 years in prison or fines from $1,000 to $100,000. A Class 4 felony carries a prison sentence of up to 6 years, and fines from $2,000 to $500,000. A conviction for a Class 3 felony can result in up to 12 years in prison, and $3,000 to $750,000 fine. If convicted of a Class 2 felony, the defendant may face up to 24 years in prison and fines from $5,000 to $1,000,000. Additionally, if a deadly weapon was used the crime may be classified as a Crime of Violence and lead to enhanced prison sentences.
An experienced attorney will put together a strategic burglary defense in order to reduce the charges their client may be facing.
The Law office of Christopher Braddock, located in Denver, Colorado, represents clients throughout the Front Range, including Aurora, Cherry Creek, Lakewood, Littleton, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Littleton, Parker, Englewood, Greenwood Village, Westminster, Brighton, Broomfield, Boulder, Glendale, Centennial, Denver County, Arapahoe County, Douglas County, Jefferson County, Adams County, Broomfield County and Boulder County, CO.
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