A conviction on burglary charges can have severe, lasting ramifications. You’ll pay fines and possibly serve time in jail. A house breaking conviction will damage your family, your other relationships, and your ability to secure employment. Seattle burglary attorney Kevin Trombold has over two decades of experience representing clients charged with a variety of crimes including burglaries. In those decades, Mr. Trombold has built a reputation for legal excellence as one of the most dedicated defense attorneys in the state.
HIGH-QUALITY DEFENSE REPRESENTATION
If you face charges for burglary in the Seattle area, contact the Law Offices of Kevin Trombold immediately. A burglary crime is not necessarily a robbery – the burglary law makes a distinction. Typically, burglary is defined as breaking into a building or residence with the intention of committing a felony or misdemeanor. The burglary charge is more serious if the building is occupied or if a burglar uses force or weapons. Robbery typically involves a targeted victim and weapons or violence, but a conviction for either robbery or burglary can send a defendant to prison. In any criminal prosecution such as a burglary case, a prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the suspect is guilty. In burglary cases, the prosecution must prove that the suspect intended to commit a crime upon entering a building or residence. Experienced Seattle burglary attorney Kevin Trombold knows how to raise doubts in the minds of jurors. If you need high-quality defense representation to fight a burglary, robbery, or shoplifting charge, contact Seattle attorney Kevin Trombold immediately.
DEGREES OF BURGLARY
There are several different types of house breaking that you may be charged with in the state of Washington depending on the specific circumstances of your case.
First degree burglary is defined as entering or unlawfully remaining in a building with the intention to commit a crime against a person or property while also:
Being armed with a deadly weapon or
Assaulting a person
Burglary in the first degree is a felony and may be punishable by up to life in prison and a $50,000 fine.
Second degree house breaking is defined as entering a building, with the exception of a vehicle or a residence, with the intention to commit a crime against a person or the property. If you are convicted of second degree burglary, you may face up to ten years in prison and $20,000 in fines.
Residential burglary is very similar to second degree burglary, with the exception that it involves entering or unlawfully remaining in a residence. This crime is a felony and is punishable by up to ten years in prison and $20,000 in fines. Although residential house breaking and second degree burglary are similar, residential house breaking is considered the more serious crime of the two.
You may also be charged with manufacturing or possessing burglar tools on top of any burglary charges that you may already face. Burglar tools are any tools that could assist you in committing a house breaking, including keys, lock picks, crow bar or other similar items. You can only be charged with this crime if it is inferred that the tools in your possession were carried with the intent to commit a burglary. If you are convicted of this gross misdemeanor, you may face a fine of $5,000 and up to one year in jail.
Vehicle prowling is a crime that is closely related to house breaking, and therefore often grouped together with it. This crime is committed when an individual enters or unlawfully remains in a motor home, motor vehicle or boat with the intention to commit a crime. Basically, it should be thought of as house breaking but not to a residence or building, but rather a vehicle or house boat. Depending on the details of the crime, it can be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor.
If you followed through with your intent to commit a crime while entering or unlawfully remaining in a residence or other building, then you may face additional charges depending on the crime that you committed. Every charge that you face may add additional time onto your sentence.
If you or a loved one has been charged with any form of house breaking, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced Seattle burglary attorney as soon as possible.
Our team of attorneys will thoroughly review the details of your case to devise a sound defense strategy. Although the strategy that is chosen will depend heavily on the circumstances of your case, there are a few common defense strategies. One of the most common is arguing that you did not have the intent to commit a crime. Remember, in order to prove burglary, the prosecution must prove that you had the intent to commit a crime when you entered the building or residence. If there is no intent, then the crime of house breaking was not committed. Another defense is to argue that you had authorization to enter the property, and therefore did not commit the crime of burglary.
Our team of knowledgeable attorneys will also work to disprove any evidence that is presented in the case against you. Witnesses will be aggressively cross-examined to expose any flaws or inconsistencies in their story. Throughout the entire process, our team of attorneys will be by your side to explain the legal options available to you. If you have been charged with house breaking, don’t wait to contact an attorney.
ARRANGE A FREE CONSULTATION
A criminal charge can ruin your life unless you get the right help fast from the right criminal defense attorney. Experienced Seattle burglary attorney Kevin Trombold and his legal staff work swiftly and aggressively to investigate cases and to protect the rights of clients. With over twenty years of experience and a reputation for legal excellence respected by Seattle-area judges, prosecutors, and peers, house breaking lawyer Kevin Trombold routinely wins not guilty verdicts, dismissals, and reduced charges. If you are charged with a crime in or near the Seattle area, contact the Law Offices of Kevin Trombold by calling 206-382-9200 as quickly as possible for a no-cost initial consultation.