Colorado Burglary Defense
Due to the potential to inflict both physical and financial harm inherent in the act, burglary is considered a serious offense and carries heavy penalties in our state. Burglary entails the illegal entry into a building or locked container with the intent to commit a further crime. Individuals charged with burglary often force entry into a locked building or container in order to steal from or assault another individual.
Consequences of a Burglary Conviction
The severity of the penalties one can receive for a guilty burglary conviction depends heavily on the intent behind the burglary, along with other circumstances. Burglary charges fall under three classifications:
- Third-Degree Burglary occurs when an individual has broken into a vault, safe, or other locked container in order to commit theft. This type of burglary is a Class-Five Felony, punishable with up to three years behind bars.
- Second-Degree Burglary involves breaking into a building with the intent to steal or assault an individual inside. If the building you broke into was a business or other commercial or industrial property, you could be convicted of a Class-Four Felony. If the building was a home or dwelling, you could face the heightened consequences of a Class-Three Felony.
- First-Degree Burglary occurs when an individual succeeds in injuring or seriously threatening another individual while entering the building, while inside, or while fleeing. This offense is a Class-Three Felony that could land you in prison for four to twelve years. If your crime involved the theft of controlled substances, you could face the more severe penalties of a Class-Two Felony.
Considering that the harshness of your sentence depends so heavily on the circumstances of the alleged crime, it is crucial to hire an attorney who can fight the accusations against you and work towards reducing your sentence. At Feldmann Nagel Cantafio Margulis Gonnell PLLC, we pride ourselves on the major litigation victories our attorneys have won for our clients in the past. Contact us to see what we can do for your case.