What's The Difference Between Burglary And Trespassing?

Burglary and criminal trespassing are related crimes that both carry serious consequences. The difference between them, however, is what can take a petty offense and turn it into a felony.

At McAdams Law Office, we have been representing those charged with serious crimes for over a decade. We know the laws, and as a former Colorado prosecutor, our lead attorney knows the tactics of the opposing side. We can help ensure that any charges you may face are legitimate and warranted, and we'll help you get the most ideal outcome no matter what charges you encounter.

It's The Difference Between A Felony And A Misdemeanor

The difference between trespassing and burglary is intent. Trespassing is unlawfully entering a property whereas burglary is unlawfully entering a property with the intent to commit a crime. That is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony. While it's often assumed that the intended crime in a burglary is theft, that is not always the case. It could include any type of crime, such as assault.

There are different degrees of burglary and the corresponding penalties vary depending on the degree. These include:

  • First-degree burglary: Up to 12 years and $750,000 in fines
  • Second-degree burglary: Up to six years and $500,000 in fines
  • Third-degree burglary: Up to three years and $100,000 in fines

The Knowledge And Experience Necessary To Defend Your Rights

If you have been accused of theft or burglary, it's important to have an experienced and assertive attorney on your side. With an in-depth knowledge of the law and the practices of prosecutors, a seasoned Greeley criminal defense lawyer can help get charges reduced by removing the element of intent. Whether it's through evidence or arguments, we'll help you get the most ideal result for your situation.

If you've been charged with trespassing or burglary, call us today at 970-573-7765. If you'd prefer to email us, you can reach us through our online form. We can set up a time for a free initial consultation to discuss your case and your options.