Burglary is a felony offense in Washington State, with very serious penalties and consequences. If you are charged with a burglary offense, it is essential that you contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. Given the seriousness of the charges, you will need skilled, experienced, high quality legal counsel.
There are four separate burglary-related statutes in Washington. Please see this link (link) for information about Burglary in the First Degree, Burglary in the Second Degree, and Possession of Burglar Tools.
Residential Burglary (RCW 9A.52.025):
- A person is guilty of residential burglary if, with intent to commit a crime against a person or property therein, the person enters or remains unlawfully in a dwelling other than a vehicle.
- Residential burglary is a class B felony, punishable by prison sentences up to 10 years and/or fines up to $20,000.
- In establishing sentencing, residential burglary is to be considered a more serious offense than second degree burglary.
It is vital that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney today if you or someone you love have been charged with a burglary-related crime. The elements of the definitions listed above must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. This includes unlawful entry and criminal intent.
You will need a knowledgeable attorney with experience and expertise to challenge your case effectively. Penalties and consequences are severe and potentially life-changing – There is no time to waste. These are significant charges and you should not try to tackle them without experienced counsel to advise you appropriately and advocate on your behalf.