Charges including Theft, Shoplifting, Forgery, ID Theft, Burglary, Malicious Mischief and Robbery

Property crimes are typically considered acts of dishonesty, which include unique and expansive consequences, including denial of professional licenses, employment opportunities and immigration/deportation issues. Juveniles and students in Washington schools charged with property crimes may face academic consequences that are far reaching.

Horwath Law has experienced property crime lawyers throughout Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Bremerton, and in between that can help you avoid the consequences of conviction and even protect your interest in maintaining a clean record.

Our attention to the long-range consequences of your situation as well as the immediate defense problem can save your career, protect your access to educational opportunities, or even keep your immigration status intact.


Theft charges can range from the misdemeanor level to the felony level. Typically, theft charges stem from stolen merchandise, but can include theft of personal property as well. If the items are valued at under $750, the charge would amount to a misdemeanor. If over $750, a felony charge would typically apply. For certain theft charges, a person may be eligible for a resolution called a “compromise of misdemeanor” which results in payment of restitution and dismissal of the charges. An experienced theft attorney can work with prosecutors and involved parties in order to secure this type of resolution for a client charged with theft.

Malicious Mischief

A person can be charged with malicious mischief if there is an allegation of intentional property damage. This could include broken property or defacement of property, such as graffiti. Malicious mischief can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the amount of damage caused. Penalties for this type of crime could include jail time, house arrest, a fine, probation, community service and/or restitution. You need a good malicious mischief defense attorney to navigate these muddy waters.


If a person creates, falsifies or alters a written instrument (like a check, will, certificate, license, passport etc.), he or she could be charged with forgery, a Class C Felony in Washington State. The maximum penalty for forgery is 5 years in jail and a $10,000 fine. An experienced forgery lawyer in Seattle/Tacoma can complete a thorough investigation of the allegations and secure a desirable resolution.


Burglary includes residential burglary as well as breaking and entering into any other type of property. If a deadly weapon is used or someone is assaulted during the burglary, enhanced penalties apply. A qualified burglary attorney can work to get the charges dropped or significantly reduced to a less serious offense, such as trespass.


The crime of robbery occurs when a person takes the property of another by using force. If armed with a deadly weapon at the time, the charge becomes a Class A felony which has a potential for life imprisonment. Robbery is considered a “strike offense” and is subject to Washington’s “Three Strikes” law. Competent and experienced representation is essential in defending yourself against this type of charge.

Horwath Law has experienced property crime attorneys whether you have been charged in Seattle, Sea-Tac, Renton, Kent, Auburn, Federal Way, Tacoma, Puyallup, Lakewood, Olympia, Yelm, Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Bremerton, Silverdale, or most other Puget Sound locations.


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Angela Horwath is the owner and lead attorney of Horwath Law. Her career has been dedicated entirely to criminal defense and she has been lead counsel on thousands of criminal cases. Mrs. Horwath maintains excellent relationships with her clients and that is why the majority of Horwath Law’s clients are referrals from previous clients.

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Kelsey Ault is a lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest and received her law degree at Seattle University. She earned her B.A. at Chapman University, graduating with a major in Sociology with a focus on Criminal Justice. Kelsey believes that there are two sides to every story and works diligently to ensure that each client is given a voice.

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Alison Ganem is a compassionate advocate for those accused of a crime. While she works aggressively to represent her clients, she also respects that each of her clients is different, each with different circumstances and stories. She understands the stress and fear the uncertainty of the criminal process can bring to a client and their loved ones…

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