Burglary & Robbery Defense Attorney In Lynnwood
Burglary & Robbery Defended By A Theft Crimes Attorney
The words burglary and robbery are often used interchangeably. Under the law in the State of Washington, however, they are two distinct offenses with distinct penalties. The primary difference between burglary and robbery is that burglary is generally committed without the knowledge or presence of the victim when the crime takes place.
With robbery, the victim is present and some use of force or threatened force is used to commit the crime. Robbery without the use of firearms or other weapons is called Robbery in the Second Degree. This is a felony and is punishable with up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $20,000 or both.
Penalties for Burglary
Burglary is defined as the act of unlawfully entering a building or structure with the intent to steal or to commit any other crime. In the State of Washington there are 2 types of burglary for which you can be arrested:
- Burglary in the Second Degree is considered a Class B Felony and is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $20,000 or both. Additionally, you could be charged with "Residential Burglary" which is also a Class B Felony but which can carry stiffer penalties and is considered more serious.
- Burglary in the First Degree is a Class A Felony and is the most serious burglary charge. Burglary in the First Degree involves being armed with a weapon or committing an assault during the burglary. This type of felony carries a penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of up to $50,000 or both.
When a weapon is used to facilitate the robbery, it becomes armed robbery which is considered to be one of the most violent types of crimes a person can commit. Washington law punishes armed robbery offenders very harshly so if you have been charged with this type of violent crime you are going to need representation from one of our exceptional attorneys.
It is vital that you contact an experienced and knowledgeable theft crimes defense attorney immediately upon arrest for burglary or robbery. The sentences for the two types of burglary vary widely, so it is in your best interest to retain a lawyer who may be able to reduce your charge.
Contact Lance R. Fryrear today for an experienced and dedicated defense lawyer to present a strong defense on your behalf.
Working To Protect Your Rights in Lynnwood
Our experience not only includes over 25 years as a defense attorney but it also includes several years as a prosecutor in Washington State. During that time we investigated and prosecuted many theft cases. As such, we know what to look for when defending your case, which gives us an edge over most other attorneys.
You need an experienced theft crimes defense lawyer who knows the system, the laws and the resources that are being utilized by the prosecution who are trying to put you in jail. Your future and your freedom are at stake; we may be able to help protect them.
When we meet for your free consultation, we will discuss the circumstances surrounding your case. We will also cover what you should and should not do in order to preserve your best possible defense. Burglary and robbery are serious offenses and you deserve an attorney who will do his utmost to protect you.
If you have been arrested for burglary contact The Law Offices of Lance Fryrear immediately so that you have the proper representation at the onset of your case.
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