Second Degree Burglary
Second-degree burglary is defined by CRS 18-4-203. It is when somebody enters property unlawfully intending to commit a crime against something therein, either an individual or another piece of property. The main difference between second- and first-degree burglary is the absence of assault or menacing.
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The Colorado legislature defines second-degree burglary as when a person:
- Broke an entrance into, entered unlawfully in, or remained unlawfully after a lawful or unlawful entry in,
- A building or occupied structure,
- With the intent to commit therein a crime against another person or property.
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Second-degree burglary is a class 4 felony with the possibility of up to six years in prison and fines of up to $500,000. If the property was a private residence or the reason for the burglary was to steal drugs then the charge is increased one offense level to a class 3 felony.
Although each case is different, there are several defenses to burglary charges including alibi, defense, mistaken identity, execution of public duty, general denial, and others. Many of these defenses can be used to get charges dropped or dismissed or a not guilty verdict at trial.
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