Burglary, robbery, larceny, home invasion, larceny from an automobile and other theft crime terms may be tossed about loosely, but each is a specific crime under Michigan law that carries different penalties upon conviction. Depending on the circumstances of a burglary, you will likely be charged with a felony. You’re facing an uphill legal battle in going up against experienced prosecuting attorneys. Your best chances of avoiding jail or prison time in addition to high fines, probation, and other penalties is to retain a Michigan criminal defense attorney to fight for your rights.
The lawyers at the office of Michigan Defense Law have been providing premium quality legal services to clients for years, helping defend their interests when charged with burglary and other theft crimes. The key to our success in assisting those accused of a crime is our extensive knowledge of Michigan criminal law and actual experience in courtrooms. While the ideal time to retain our services is early in the criminal process, we’re dedicated to fighting on your behalf no matter how far your case has progressed.Skilled Representation in Michigan Criminal Defense Matters
We represent Michigan clients during the investigations process, after arrest and arraignment, during pre-trial states, and throughout the trial process. State law is meticulous in describing burglary and other theft crimes, and it provides very serious penalties for a conviction.
States vary on what conduct constitutes burglary; in Michigan, burglary is covered under breaking and entering and home invasion statutes. In these cases, there must be some sort of force used to enter the home or structure. What you do inside a structure and the type of building are key to the crime.
- First Degree Home Invasion: This offense involves breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony, larceny, or assault while inside and one of two circumstances are present:
- You are armed; or,
- Another person is within the structure at the time.
A conviction for first degree home invasion could lead to 20 years in jail and $5,000 fine.
- Second Degree Home Invasion: Similar to the first degree version, second degree home invasion charges may apply if you broke and entered a home – but didn’t actually succeed in committing felony, larceny, or assault. The sentence for conviction may include up to 15 years in prison and a $3,000 fine.
- Breaking and Entering a Building Other Than a Home: This offense is also a felony and you could face up to 10 years in prison for a conviction.
You can be confident that your legal rights are in good hands when you have a committed, experienced criminal defense lawyer to handle your burglary case. It’s necessary to understand the specific details of the law and use these concepts to mount an effective strategy to counter the claims of the prosecuting attorney. If you’ve been charged with a burglary or theft crime, please contact the Bloomfield Hills, MI law offices of Michigan Defense Law or call our office directly at (248) 451-2200. We can set up a consultation to discuss your case or answer questions about your options.