Burglary defense attorney in Washington

Entering private property for any reason, whether exploring abandoned houses for fun or needing to grab a specific item can end up with charges of either burglary or criminal trespass. These charges can carry severe consequences, including imprisonment, hefty fines, and a tarnished reputation. At the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer, we understand the overwhelming stress and uncertainty that comes with facing criminal charges. Our team of dedicated criminal defense attorneys especially Expert Burglary defense in Washington is here to fight for your rights and provide you with a strong defense.

What Is Burglary?

Burglary is the act of unlawfully entering a building or structure with the intent to commit a crime inside. The crime committed inside the premises does not have to be theft-related, and the degree of Burglary charged is dependent on other elements present in the case.

Burglary in the 1st Degree: Burglary in the First Degree is when a person enters a building unlawfully and either assaults another person or is armed with a deadly weapon, it is considered the most serious form of Burglary. Burglary in the First Degree is a Class A Felony with penalties ranging up to $50,000.00 in fines and life in prison.

Burglary in the 2nd Degree: Entering a building, excluding personal residences or vehicles with the intent to commit a crime is Burglary in the Second Degree. Burglary in the Second Degree is a Class B Felony and carries penalties that have a maximum of 10 years in prison, and up to $20,000.00 in fines.

Residential Burglary: A person remaining or entering a personal residence or vehicle unlawfully is defined as Residential Burglary. While Residential Burglary is also classified as a Class B Felony potentially carrying the same penalties as Burglary in the Second Degree, it is considered more serious than Burglary in the Second Degree according to the Revised Code of Washington.

Making or Having Burglar Tools: The manufacture or possession of tools intended for Burglary is considered a Gross Misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 364 days in jail and up to a $5,000.00 fine. Making or possessing items such as false keys, lock picks, and machines or tools intended for committing burglary are subject to such penalties.


Trespassing involves entering or remaining on someone else’s property without permission or legal right to do so. Washington state law recognizes two levels of trespassing:

Criminal Trespass in the  1st Degree: This crime is defined as knowingly entering or remaining in a building unlawfully. An example of this would be an individual entering a warehouse that they do not own, without permission. This offense is a Gross Misdemeanor, with penalties ranging up to 364 days in jail and $5,000.00 in fines.

Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree: This charge is defined as knowingly entering or remaining on someone else’s property unlawfully not constituting Criminal Trespass in the First Degree. This generally is charged in instances where one steps foot on open property such as a porch or lawn. It is categorized as a misdemeanor, with penalties of up to 90 days in jail, and up to $1,000.00 in fines.

Why Choose the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer?

When facing burglary or trespassing charges, it is crucial to have a knowledgeable and dedicated legal team on your side. Our criminal defense attorneys have a proven track record of successfully defending clients against a wide range of criminal charges throughout Washington

Expertise and Experience: Our attorneys specialize in criminal defense and have extensive experience in handling burglary and trespassing cases in Washington. We understand the nuances of Washington’s criminal justice system, and we stay up to date with the latest legal developments to provide our clients with the best defense strategies.

Personalized Approach: We believe in personalized representation, as every case is unique. When you choose the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer, we will thoroughly analyze the details of your case, gather evidence, interview witnesses, and build a strong defense tailored to your specific situation. We will explain the legal process, your rights, and all available options, ensuring you are informed and empowered throughout.

Vigorous Advocacy: Our team is dedicated to protecting your rights and ensuring the best possible outcome for your case. We will meticulously review the evidence against you, challenge its validity, and explore any procedural or constitutional violations. We are not afraid to take your case to trial if it is in your best interest, employing persuasive litigation strategies to fight for an acquittal or reduced charges.

Take the First Step Towards Your Defense

When facing burglary or trespassing charges, time is of the essence. We will listen to your side of the story, assess your case’s strengths and weaknesses, and develop a comprehensive defense strategy. With our firm by your side, you can trust that your rights and future are in capable hands.

Call the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer today at (360) 371-6813 to protect yourself and your rights and schedule a confidential consultation with one of our experienced attorneys in Washington..