The role of mental health in alleged crimes is often overlooked. While the presence of a mental illness is not always explicit in a person’s behavior, it is sometimes apparent that an individual might have been going through a difficult time when he or she engaged in certain behaviors. For example, a man who was recently accused of burglary may have been in a difficult position.
Burglary, waffles and laundry
A Washington homeowner claims that a man recently broke into her family’s home while they were upstairs sleeping. Footage of the man was originally captured on her Ring doorbell system. While in the house, he apparently:
- Ate a frozen meal
- Prepared some waffles
- Started a load of laundry
The homeowner was alerted to his presence when he opened the door to the bedroom where she and her husband were sleeping. With a plate of waffles still in hand, he proceeded to the front door and apparently asked if he could put his shoes back on before leaving. The homeowner’s husband refused the request and asked that he leave the home right away, which he did. He left behind some flip flops and a pair of pants, although he supposedly took off with several stolen items, including car keys and cash.
Being accused of burglary can be an overwhelming experience, especially if someone is already dealing with other issues in their lives, such as mental health. Many defendants in Washington are not even sure what their first steps should be following an arrest. This is why many defendants find it so helpful to work closely with a knowledgeable attorney who is able to advocate for their rights.