Public shaming seems to be everyone's favorite way to express their dislike of someone or something. Some Denver residents are taking the public shaming idea beyond just social media outlets and instead trying to buy billboards where they will post pictures of people caught committing criminal actions with surveillance cameras. They want it to be a literal wall of shame. Likely, most of the people they feel have offended them are accused of committing some sort of property related crimes. The most common property related crimes in Denver, Castle Rock, and Aurora are: Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief.
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Douglas County Burglary Attorney: What is Burglary in Arapahoe County?
The two most common Burglary charges in Douglas and Arapahoe County are First Degree Burglary and Second Degree Burglary:
- First Degree Burglary – C.R.S. 18-4-202 – is charged when a person unlawfully enters or remains in a building with the intent to commit another crime and during the commission of the crime, assaults or menaces another person.
- Second Degree Burglary – C.R.S. 18-4-203 – is charged when a person unlawfully enters or remains in a building with the intent to commit another crime.
Both these Burglary charges are felonies in Colorado, either a class 3 or a class 4 felony.
Adams County Theft Lawyer: What is Theft in Jefferson County?
Theft is another commonly charged property crime in Adams and Jefferson County:
- Theft – C.R.S. 18-4-401 – is charged when you take something of value from another with the intent of never giving it back.
Theft is charged as a petty offense, misdemeanor, or felony depending on the value of the item(s) taken. A $25 plant taken from a front porch would be charged as a petty offense Theft, whereas a Theft of a $2,000 flat screen TV would be a class 6 felony.
Criminal Mischief in Denver: Property Damage / Vandalism
Criminal Mischief is also referred to as vandalism in Denver:
- Criminal Mischief – C.R.S 18-4-501 – is charged when a person damages the property of another.
Like Theft, Criminal Mischief is charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the amount of damage caused. Smashing a mailbox will likely be a misdemeanor crime, as it would cost less than $1,000 to replace/repair it. But, breaking out the windows of someone's car would be a felony – costing more than $1,000 for the repair.
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If you or a loved one has been charged with a property crime like Theft, Criminal Mischief, or Burglary, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent and contact the best criminal defense attorneys from the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation
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