Burglary is often believed to be the same as robbery, but it is actually much closer to trespassing. The main difference between the two crimes lies in the intent of the trespasser. Burglary requires the prosecution be able to prove the defendant broke in somewhere with the intent to commit a crime. If someone broke into another person’s home to leave a note, it would be trespassing, but it would not be burglary. On the other hand, if they broke in with the intent to assault or steal, it would be burglary. If you have been accused of this serious felony charge, please call a skilled Denver criminal lawyer as soon as possible.

There are a number of strong defenses for burglary, but the most common defense involves making the prosecution establish your intent to break in to the property. If you only fought someone after they attacked you, you might only be guilty of trespassing because in these cases, it may be impossible to prove you broke into the house with the intent to harm the person and may have only done so in self-defense. Also, if you entered the property without the intent to steal, but then decided to do so after you entered the area, you cannot be charged with burglary because you must have had the intent before trespassing onto the property. As you can see, this is a complex charge that can be fought with the help of an experienced Denver criminal attorney.

Your Criminal Lawyer Will Challenge the Prosecution

In some cases, your defense might even involve forcing the prosecution to prove that you were the person who broke in to the property. If you were arrested after the fact, based on video surveillance footage or fingerprints, the prosecution must be able to prove that you were the person on the tape or that you did not leave the fingerprints at another point in time.

Even if you are undoubtedly guilty though, we still may be able to help you. If your constitutional rights were violated, we might be able to have enough evidence withheld from the case to have the charges dropped or reduced. Additionally, your Denver criminal lawyer might be able to negotiate a successful plea bargain that will minimize your sentencing.

If you have been accused of burglary, please call The Law Office of Denver's Criminal Attorney and schedule a consultation with a top Denver criminal attorney.