Unlike Theft or Robbery Cases, burglary charges are filed when a person has been accused of trespassing on to another party’s property – such as the home, office or building of another – with the intent to commit another crime, like theft. While the severity of burglary charges filed in a particular case will depend on a number of factors, including whether the accused has a criminal record and whether a deadly weapon was allegedly used during the crime, all charges associated with burglary allegations will be some form of felony charge that can carry serious penalties upon conviction.
Given that any type of burglary charges can result in the accused facing prison sentences, parole, fines and a criminal record upon conviction, it’s critical that they work with the Denver burglary defense attorneys at the Adams Law Firm for the best chances of resolving their cases as favorably as possible. While we will conduct our own investigations, review police reports and gather evidence on behalf of the defense, our Denver burglary lawyers will also aggressively stand up to prosecutor’s accusations in court to help our Clients secure the best possible outcomes to their cases.
Burglary Charges, Convictions and Penalties
Depending on the specific circumstances associated with a given case, burglary charges may be filed as one of the following:
First degree burglary charges will generally be filed when the accused assaults someone or is armed with a deadly weapon during the act of burglary. These cases will likely be filed as Class 3 felonies, which can be punishable by up to 24 years in prison and 5 years of mandatory parole following prison. Class 2 felony charges, punishable by up to 48 years in prison, will be applied if the incident took place at a pharmacy or another location where pharmaceutical drugs or controlled substances are kept.
Second degree burglary charges will generally be filed when a person has been accused of unlawfully entering the property of another with the intent of committing a crime against another person or his property. While these charges will typically be filed as Class 4 felonies (punishable by up to 12 years in prison, followed by 3 years of parole), Class 3 felony charges can be filed if the incident took place at a residence and/or a controlled substance was stored in the structure where the burglary allegedly occurred.
Third degree burglary charges are usually filed when a person is accused of breaking into a piece of equipment that holds money or valuables, such as a cash register, safety deposit box, coin-operated vending machines, ATMs, etc. While these charges are generally filed as Class 5 felonies (punishable by up to 3 years in prison, followed by 2 years of parole upon release), they can be filed as Class 4 felonies if the accused was allegedly trying to steal a controlled substance.
Possession of burglary tools charges will typically be filed when a person is accused of owning any piece of equipment that is intended to be used to break into a facility and commit a burglary. Class 5 felonies, punishable by up to 3 years in prison, are generally associated with these charges.
If you or a loved one has been charged with any property crime, make sure you have the strongest possible defense, and contact our Denver burglary defense attorneys by emailing us or calling us at (720) 333-9490.
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When facing any type of criminal charge, the accused will want to secure the strongest possible defense representation in order to reduce the chances of conviction, the possibility of having to submit to harsh sentences and the chances of having a permanent criminal record.
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