It's no mystery that drinking too much alcohol can cause confusion and impair one's ability to think clearly. In one recent news story, a woman was impaired by alcohol and decided to walk home rather than drive. Apparently, she ended up walking into the wrong home and sleeping in the wrong bed. She climbed through the window of a home nearby, and was found sleeping in a bed inside the home. In Denver and Jefferson County, could the woman face charges of First Degree Criminal Trespass, C.R.S. 18-4-502?
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What is the Definition of 1st Degree Criminal Trespass in Arapahoe County?
The definition of 1st Degree Criminal Trespass in Arapahoe County is:
“A person commits the crime of first degree criminal trespass if such person knowingly and unlawfully enters or remains in a dwelling of another or if such person enters any motor vehicle with intent to commit a crime therein.”
The woman clearly unlawfully entered a dwelling of another person. However, she was intoxicated when she entered the wrong home, not knowing it was the wrong home. In this case, a criminal defense lawyer may be able to fight for dismissed charges if prosecutors cannot prove the woman knowingly and unlawfully entered the dwelling of another person.
First Degree Trespassing Charges in Adams County: Alcohol and Broken Relationships Typically to Blame
Our Trespassing lawyers in Adams County have seen First Degree Trespassing charges filed after someone accidentally enters the wrong home after a night of drinking. During a breakup, if someone refuses to leave the premises of another when asked to, or if they enter a car to take something of theirs (like CDs or an item of clothing) they will face First Degree Trespass charges. Theft charges are also commonly charged under these circumstances.
Douglas County First Degree Trespass Attorney: Why You Should Call Us
A First Degree Criminal Trespass charge in Douglas County can severely damage you and your criminal record. In addition to possible prison time (as 1st Degree Trespass is a class 5 felony) and fines, you also risk ending up with a criminal record. A criminal record can make it challenging to find or keep a job, qualify for housing or get into the school of your choice. Make sure you take your Trespassing charges seriously and consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer from the O'Malley Law Office as soon as possible.
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If you or a loved one is facing First Degree Criminal Trespass charges in Colorado, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact a Trespassing attorney at the O'Malley Law Office for a free consultation at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation
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