Burglary

Burglary, generally, is entering or remaining unlawfully in a building or dwelling.  The degrees of Burglary are differentiated by factors like: (1) whether a weapon was used; (2) whether an assault was committed as part of the Burglary; and, (3) whether the building involved was a residence.

Burglary in the First Degree, A Class A Felony, is the entering or remaining unlawfully in a building, either: (1) using a deadly weapon; or, (2) assaulting someone in the commission of the Burglary.  A standard sentence for someone with no criminal history convicted of Burglary 1 would be 15-20 months in prison.  Sentencing enhancements can increase this sentencing range dramatically.

Burglary in the Second Degree is entering and remaining unlawfully in a building, other than a vehicle or dwelling, with the intent to commit a crime therein.  A standard sentence for Burglary 2 for someone with no criminal history would be in the range of 1-3 months.  Again, sentencing enhancements can increase this range dramatically.

Residential Burglary, a Class B Felony, is entering or remaining unlawfully in a dwelling, with the intent to commit a crime therein.  Washington law mandates that Residential Burglary is treated more seriously than Burglary 2, so a standard range sentence for a convicted person with no criminal history would typically be 3-9 months.  Again, beware of sentence enhancements.

The description above is intended as a general overview, not legal advice specific to your case.  If you have been charged with Burglary – or think you might be – contact an experienced Snohomish County Felony Burglary Attorney to discuss your options and evaluate your case.

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