Burglary is a felony crime across all cities and towns in Weld County, Colorado, including Greeley, Fort Lupton, Evans, Grover, Miliken, and Keenesburg. Burglary is divided into different degrees of severity depending on what was broken into, weapons involved, and other factors. If you are facing a burglary charge, it is vital that you work with an experienced burglary defense attorney to help you fight for your freedom. There are three degrees of Burglary:
Why You Need an Experienced Greeley Burglary Defense Attorney
Breaking and entering or entering unlawfully is the basis for any burglary charge. Burglary becomes more severe depending upon the actions of the person or people involved. In the case of 1st Degree Burglary, if just one person involved carries a deadly weapon such as a gun, everyone involved with the crime will be charged as if they possessed the deadly weapon themselves. Also, if someone is involved in a burglary of controlled substances, they will receive the harshest penalties for Burglary charges.Burglary in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree is a complicated and serious charge in Weld County and the cities of Greeley, Dacono, Ault, Eaton, and Hudson. It is vital that you work with a burglary defense attorney so that you have an advocate in court.
The Three Degrees of Burglary
First Degree Burglary
First Degree Burglary - C.R.S. 18-4-202 - is either a class 3 felony or a class 2 felony. It is essentially a 2nd Degree Burglary committed with the additional elements of possession of a deadly weapon, or when someone assaulted or menaced in the commission of the burglary. A First Degree Burglary for theft of a controlled substance is a class 2 felony.
Second Degree Burglary
Second Degree Burglary - C.R.S. 18-4-203 - is either a class 4 or class 3 felony. Burglary in the Second Degree is committed when someone knowingly breaks into, enters unlawfully, or remains unlawfully regardless of how they originally entered, in a building or occupied structure and they intend to commit a crime other than trespassing. It is charged as a class 3 felony if the person breaks into or unlawfully enters someone’s house, or a building which houses controlled substances, like a pharmacy, for the purpose of theft.