Home invasion is entering a private and occupied dwelling with the intent of committing a crime against persons or property. Often the perpetrator will threaten the resident(s) and commit other crimes in the process of the invasion.

In Washington State, home invasion is legally referred to as residential burglary and can be charged as such. Residential burglary is a felony, and the standard sentencing range for someone with no prior criminal history is three to nine months in jail. If the perpetrator was armed with a deadly weapon, twelve months can be added to the sentence. If the weapon was a firearm, up to thirty six months can be added.

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