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Theft and Burglary Defense Lawyer in Renton, Washington

Understanding Theft and Burglary Charges in Washington

Theft and burglary charges in Washington State can range from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies, depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime. These charges can have significant impacts on your personal and professional life, making skilled legal representation crucial.

Why Choose Duncan Law PLLC for Theft and Burglary Defense?

At Duncan Law PLLC, we specialize in defending clients against theft and burglary charges in Washington State. Our experienced team is dedicated to protecting your rights and fighting for the best possible outcome in your case.

Types of Theft and Burglary Charges We Handle


  • Petty theft (shoplifting)

  • Grand theft

  • Auto theft

  • Identity theft

  • Embezzlement


  • Residential burglary

  • Commercial burglary

  • Vehicle prowling

  • Possession of burglary tools

The Legal Process for Theft and Burglary Cases

Initial Consultation

We begin with a comprehensive consultation to understand the details of your case and explain your legal options.

Case Investigation

Our team conducts a thorough investigation, examining evidence, surveillance footage, and witness statements.

Pre-Trial Motions

We file appropriate motions to suppress evidence or dismiss charges when possible.

Negotiation with Prosecutors

We engage in negotiations to potentially reduce charges, seek alternative sentencing, or restitution agreements when applicable.

Trial Preparation and Representation

If necessary, we prepare a robust defense strategy and represent you vigorously at trial.

Potential Defenses in Theft and Burglary Cases

  • Lack of intent

  • Mistaken identity

  • Claim of right (belief that the property belonged to you)

  • Consent of the owner

  • Insufficient evidence

  • Constitutional violations in evidence gathering

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between theft and burglary?

Theft involves taking someone else's property without permission, while burglary involves unlawfully entering a structure with the intent to commit a crime inside.

Can I be charged with burglary if I didn't steal anything?

Yes, burglary charges are based on unlawful entry with intent to commit a crime, not necessarily the completion of theft.

How are theft charges classified in Washington?

Theft charges are classified based on the value of the stolen property, ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.

What are the long-term consequences of a theft or burglary conviction?

Convictions can result in difficulty finding employment, housing, and may impact professional licenses and immigration status.

Is restitution always required in theft cases?

Often, yes. Restitution to the victim is frequently part of the sentencing in theft cases.

Why Choose Duncan Law PLLC?

  • Extensive experience in Washington State theft and burglary defense

  • Proven track record in achieving favorable outcomes

  • Thorough understanding of state property crime laws

  • Commitment to aggressive and strategic defense

  • Clear communication throughout the legal process

Potential Consequences of Theft and Burglary Convictions

  • Imprisonment

  • Fines

  • Restitution payments

  • Probation

  • Criminal record affecting future opportunities

  • Loss of professional licenses

  • Immigration consequences for non-citizens

Additional Services Related to Theft and Burglary Defense

  • Expungement of criminal records

  • Probation violation hearings

  • Appeals of convictions

  • Juvenile theft and burglary defense

  • White-collar crime defense

Contact Us for Theft and Burglary Defense Services

If you're facing theft or burglary charges in Washington State, don't wait to seek legal representation. Our experienced team at Duncan Law PLLC is here to protect your rights and fight for your future.

Phone: 206-237-7714

Take the crucial first step in your defense. Contact Duncan Law PLLC today for expert theft and burglary defense services in Washington State. We're committed to providing aggressive, strategic defense to protect your rights, preserve your reputation, and secure the best possible outcome for your case.

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