In the state of Colorado, burglary charges can lead to serious consequences upon conviction. Depending upon the nature and severity of the charges, the defendant could face several years in prison as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. For example, a conviction on first-degree burglary charges in Colorado might mean up to 12 years imprisonment along with fines of up to $750,000.
The best way to protect yourself against burglary charges is to begin establishing a good criminal defense right away. As you might expect, working with an experienced attorney improves your chances of beating the charges while laying a strong foundation for your case.
What many people do not realize is how multi-layered burglary charges can be. For example, burglary does not simply refer to stealing another person's property. Several elements must exist before burglary charges can be proven and theft is not one of these elements.
Unauthorized breaking and entering into an occupied building and the intent to commit a crime are actually the main elements of a burglary charge. Further, the state has the burden of proving that these elements exist before it can successfully convict the defendant.
With proper legal representation, you stand a very good chance of establishing a sound criminal defense against the charges. Working with a lawyer provides several benefits. Chief among these is the knowledge and experience necessary to build your case.
Together you and your attorney can choose from several defenses including establishing that you are actually innocent of the charges. Another common approach to a burglary charge is negating one or more of the elements necessary for a conviction.
Source: FindLaw, "Burglary Defenses," accessed Jan. 12, 2017