Facing Burglary Charges in CO
Colorado Springs Defense Attorney Protects Your Rights
Burglary is generally defined as entering a building or locked structure
unlawfully with the intent to commit a crime, and a suspect can be charged
with burglary regardless of whether the crime is actually committed or
not. Burglary does not have to be
theft and nothing has to have been broken for you to enter. This means that
if you trespass through an unlocked, open door, you can be charged with
burglary. Unlike a robbery where fear or force is sued to acquire someone's
property, a victim is usually not present during a burglary. There are
different degrees of burglary in Colorado depending on the severity of
For example, if drugs are involved or if someone is assaulted during the
attempt, the charges for burglary are more severe and so are the penalties.
For example, there was a large increase in daytime residential burglaries
in Sand Creek during March 2010, and suspects were kicking in doors of
targeted homes and stealing guns, jewelry and small electronics. Police
officers took drastic measures to notify neighborhood residents and additional
patrol officers, motor officers, detectives and crime analysts were brought
in to track down suspected offenders. If you are accused of burglary in
Colorado Springs, you can expect to face harsh prosecution in court.
Don't be unprepared when someone has accused you of burglary. There
is always more than one side to every story, and The Samuelson Law Firm
seeks to expose your side, protect your rights, and ensure you are not
impacted by a criminal charge. Get started by speaking with our team in
a complimentary case consultation.
What Constitutes a Burglary?
Under Colorado law, there are a three different degrees of burglary that
you can be accused of. First and second degree burglary involve breaking
and entering into a building. Third degree burglary involves breaking
into a container.
- Third degree burglary: Least serious burglary offense that involves the
accused breaking into a container, such as a cash register, vault, safe,
or deposit box.
- Second degree burglary: A building has been entered with the intention
of committing a crime while inside. If this building is a residence, the
charges are taken more seriously.
- First degree burglary: Someone has broken into a building and in addition
with the intent to commit a crime, has assaulted someone, used a weapon,
has an explosive, or is armed and threatens harm.
One of the most important elements when accused of a burglary is developing
the intention to commit a crime. If it cannot be shown that then accused
burglary suspect meant to commit a crime when they entered the premises,
then they may not be convicted of burglary. Attorney Samuelson will try
and reduce and eliminate any burglary charges you may be facing.
Don't Worry. A Colorado Springs Defense Lawyer Is On Your Side.
At The Samuelson Law Firm you will find us to be on your side, no matter
the circumstances. I have a very competent and caring team that has been
with me for many years. My record of success speaks for itself. Effective
and successful defense begins the moment you have been charged or arrested.
Evidence illegally obtained or basic rights violated can result in the
dismissal of a case. The possible consequences from a burglary conviction
can include incarceration, significant fines, and a criminal record which
can seriously affect your future employment. The confusion, worry and
valid concern for your future can sometimes inhibit action at a time like
this. Don't let that happen in your case. Whatever the apparent or
actual circumstances, you need to act fast and act now and
contact a Colorado Springs
criminal defesnse attorney from my firm to get the experienced and effective legal advocacy you need.