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In the state of Washington, burglary is taken seriously and can be punished severely. It is considered a “strike” crime, meaning that if you are convicted of three “strike” crimes throughout your life, you will spend the rest of it in a Washington state prison.
What Is Burglary?
Burglary is defined as entering a premises with the specific intent to commit a crime. This is often theft, but burglary charges can also apply to other crimes as well. You do not actually have to commit the crime to be convicted of burglary – you simply have to be guilty of having the “specific intent” to do so after entering a premises (usually without permission).
What Will Happen If I Am Convicted Of Burglary Charges?
Depending on the severity of the crime and the circumstances surrounding it, you may be charged with a felony. A felony conviction will haunt you for the rest of your life, leaving you with possible jail time, a criminal record and steep fines. Even if you are a juvenile, or simply had a momentary lapse in judgement and are an otherwise law abiding citizen, if you are convicted of burglary in Washington, your life will never be the same again. Being convicted of burglary will make it more difficult for you to secure employment, apply for a loan or other credit or even obtain professional licensure. If you’ve been charged with burglary in Washington, it’s essential that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight to protect your rights and freedoms. The Law Offices of Greene & Lloyd, PLLC has experienced Tacoma criminal defense lawyers that defend burglary cases, and we will bring our experience to your case. Our aim is to construct a solid defense that can withstand the prosecutor’s tactics in court and help get the charges against you reduced or dismissed. Call today for a consultation.