Are You Facing Charges Related To A Property Crime?
If you were arrested for theft, shoplifting or another property crime in Colorado, it’s very important that you take the charges against you seriously. Many people assume that taking a guilty plea for a crime, getting convicted for nonviolent or misdemeanor crimes or even talking to police before talking to an attorney won’t result in negative consequences.
Unfortunately, underestimating the outcome of your charges can actually have far-reaching consequences that could impact you for the rest of your life. You could lose your job in some situations or the ability to find work in a field you’re accustomed to. If you are a college student, you might become ineligible for financial aid, lose a scholarship or even be suspended or expelled from school. If you are looking to rent an apartment or piece of property, a criminal conviction could impact that possibility as well.
If you are facing charges because you allegedly took or damaged property of considerable value, used violence or threats against another individual, or other very serious actions, you may unknowingly be facing jail or prison time and other harsh penalties.
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Attorney Mark Langston is a Boulder-based property crimes lawyer with more than 28 years in practice. He is experienced in the defense of all types of burglary cases and other crimes against property. Mr. Langston will look at every angle on your case in full view of your most important personal priorities, whether you are charged with misdemeanor theft, a violent crime or a white collar economic crime such as identity theft or fraud.
Burglary is generally defined as the unlawful entering of a place with the intent to commit a crime. The seriousness of the offense is determined by the nature of the place involved and whether violence or weapons were used. First-degree burglary occurs when a person enters unlawfully, or remains unlawfully after a legal or illegal entry, in a building or occupied structure with the intent to commit a crime and assaults or menaces anyone, or is armed with a deadly weapon. First-degree burglary is a class 3 felony. Second-degree burglary occurs when a person breaks an entrance into, or enters unlawfully, or remains unlawfully after a legal or illegal entry, in a building or occupied structure with the intent to commit a crime.
Second-degree burglary is thus distinguished from first-degree burglary by the absence of any assault or deadly weapon. Second-degree burglary is a class 4 felony, unless the place burglarized is a dwelling or the object of the burglary is controlled substances, in which case the burglary is a class 3 felony. Third-degree burglary occurs when a person enters or breaks into any vault, safe, vending machine coin box or other apparatus. Third-degree burglary is a class 5 felony, unless the object of the burglary is controlled substances, in which case it is a class 4 felony.
The penalties for theft crimes in Colorado under C.R.S. § 18-4-401 are defined by the value of the property taken. “Theft” occurs when a person “knowingly obtains or exercises control over anything of value of another without authorization, or by threat or deception” and (a) intends to permanently deprive the owner of the thing of value; (b) uses or abandons the thing of value in a manner that deprives the owner of the use or benefit of the thing of value; (c) uses or abandons the thing of value intending to deprive the owner of the use or benefit of the thing of value; or (d) demands any consideration for the return of the thing of value to the owner.
A trespass occurs when a person knowingly and unlawfully enters or remains in the dwelling or premises of another, or enters any motor vehicle with the intent to commit a crime, or when a person unlawfully enters or remains in the common areas of a hotel or apartment or condominium building. Trespass can be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances and the nature of the premises.
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