Larimer County Second Degree Burglary Defense Attorney

Do you need a second degree burglary defense attorney in Larimer County? Contact a Fort Collins criminal lawyer for a free consultation at 970-658-0007.
To be charged with Second Degree Burglary in Larimer County (C.R.S. 18-4-203), a person must be accused of going inside a building or structure intending to commit a crime. These can include a business, a locked container, or a house. The “intent to commit a crime” is the element is that separates burglary from similar crimes (such as Trespass – C.R.S. 18-4-502, which is merely an unlawful entry). The defendant who is arrested and prosecuted for burglary will be alleged to have been trying to commit an underlying crime. The underlying crime is usually something like Assault – C.R.S. 18-3-203, or Theft – C.R.S. 18-4-401. Burglary increases in severity of offense if it is a residence that is entered, and is least severe when a container is opened. A business is a private place, but Colorado values the sanctity of the home above all else.

Fort Collins 2nd Degree Burglary Lawyer: What is the Definition of Second Degree Burglary?

Second Degree Burglary is charged when it can be proved that the defendant entered a building unlawfully with the intent to commit a crime. Even if you entered a building lawfully, but remain their illegally you can be charged with Second Degree Burglary (e.g. if you hid in the dressing room of a clothing store until after it closed). The most common underlying crimes for Second Degree Burglary in Fort Collins or Loveland is the intent to assault or theft.

Larimer County Second Degree Burglary Lawyer: What is the Sentence for Second Degree Burglary?

If the building that was entered is a business or other industrial or commercial property, it is a Class 4 felony:

If it is a burglary of a dwelling (house), or if the accusation involves the intent to steal a controlled substance, it is a Class 3 felony:

Why Do I Need a Second Degree Burglary Defense Attorney in Larimer County?

In order for Second Degree Burglary to be charged, the District Attorney must prove that the accused had the intent to commit a crime after entering a building unlawfully. The lack of intent can be a possible defense in a Second Degree Burglary case. Often, burglary is charged after permission to enter a building has been revoked – otherwise lawful conduct becomes illegal. An example of this would be if an employee returns to his office to pack up his personal items after being told to stay away from the business. Second Degree Burglary is often overcharged, and  here are many variations of this offense. It is vital to your future that you have an experienced second degree burglary defense attorney in Larimer County by your side as you fight these charges.

If contacted by police, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call our experienced criminal defense lawyers at 970-658-0007, or submit the “Get Help Now” form.  Together, we can protect your future.