Unlawfully entering into someone else's home to commit another crime is charged as Burglary in Denver, Aurora, and Castle Rock. A teen has been charged with this crime after entering into someone's house without permission to use their Wi-Fi. According to the report, the boy had entered the home through an open window and went into the bedroom where the homeowners were sleeping. They awoke to the boy, with a shirt tied around his face, standing in their room and asking them if he could use their Wi-Fi. The homeowner was able to get the teen outside and he was arrested for Burglary. Police believe the Wi-Fi aspect may have been a rouse, as it was reported that two knives were missing from the kitchen. Taking the knives would constitute Theft, which is a common crime committed during a Burglary.
Douglas County Burglary and Wi-Fi Theft Attorney: Definition of Second Degree Burglary in Arapahoe County
The Douglas and Arapahoe County, Colorado law definition of Second Degree Burglary – C.R.S. 18-4-203 – is:
“(1) 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.”
Basically, Burglary is Trespassing on or in another person's property with intent to commit another crime there. So, for the teen above, entering the house without permission would be considered Criminal Trespass, and then stealing the knives (or even the Wi-Fi password) would be the crime he committed within the home.
Sentence for Second Degree Burglary in Adams and Jefferson County
Second Degree Burglary is a class 4 felony in Jefferson and Adams County, unless it is the Burglary of a dwelling, in which case it is a class 3 felony. Because the teen entered the home of another, he would be facing the class 3 felony, which is punishable by 4 to 12 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections and up to $750,000 in fines. That's quite the potential sentence if he really was just looking for some Wi-Fi. Maybe next time he can find a Starbucks or another place that offers free Wi-Fi.
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