Not everything we hope for always goes according to plan, even when we've spent time thinking about how we'll reach our goal. That was certainly the case for three men who broke into a diner with the intent to steal items from the inside. Unfortunately for the burglars, all they got away with was a box of Snickers and chewing gum. Though they may not have taken anything of great value, if this incident occurred in Jefferson or Arapahoe County, these men would face charges of Second Degree Burglary.
Second Degree Burglary in Adams and Douglas County
The definition of 2nd Degree Burglary across Colorado is:“A person commits second degree burglary, if the person knowingly breaks an entrance into, enters unlawfully in, or remains unlawfully after a lawful or unlawful entry in a building or occupied structure with intent to commit therein a crime against another person or property.”
The men broke into the restaurant with the intent to steal and did steal items from the inside. They tried forcing open a door until they eventually broke in another way, clearly unlawfully entering a building. If convicted of Second Degree Burglary in Colorado, they would face a class 4 felony charge and up to 6 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. In other cases, Burglary in the Second Degree is a class 3 felony if the objective of the burglary is theft of a controlled substance lawfully kept within any building or occupied structure. C.R.S. 18-18-102(5).
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Evidence of Intent is Necessary for a Colorado Burglary Conviction
If facing charges of Second Degree Burglary, it's important to know what must be proved in order to be convicted. Entering a home or building isn't enough to be convicted of Burglary. One has to have intent to commit a crime, and a reason for why he or she has entered into a building or home without permission. An aggressive criminal defense lawyer who specializes in criminal defense is necessary to help prove to a District Attorney what someone's legal purpose was for being in a building or home unlawfully.
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The criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office have extensive experience in the courtroom and have represented hundreds of clients. Our excellent criminal defense lawyers have your future in mind. Burglary in the Second Degree is a serious crime that must be evaluated thoroughly. If you are facing charges of Second Degree Burglary, don't wait to contact our office. We offer free initial consultations and are here to listen to your side of the story.
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