Michigan Criminal Defense Burglary Lawyer for Troy
When many people think of a burglar, they think of a masked thief breaking into homes at night to steal valuables. While a burglar can certainly fit that description, many do not. A burglar is anybody who gains unauthorized access to a home or another structure with the intention of committing a crime while inside the structure. An individual does not have to break into a building to be a burglar; he or she can simply enter through a window or walk through an unlocked door.
Sometimes, an individual is charged with burglary when he or she did not actually commit a crime. If you are in this position, you can defend your case and potentially avoid the penalties associated with a burglary conviction with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
In general, burglary is defined as the act of breaking into a home or commercial building with the intent to commit a criminal offense while inside. Every state has its own specific definition of burglary, and Michigan is no exception.
In Michigan, multiple laws address burglary. There are multiple ways burglary can be charged, depending on the circumstances surrounding a specific alleged incident. Breaking into a building other than a home with the intent to commit a crime is charged as breaking and entering. Breaking into a home with the intent to commit a crime is charged as home invasion, and the degree at which it is charged depends on the offense the burglar intended to commit while inside the home. Related charges include burglary with explosives, possession of burglar’s tools, and entering without breaking.
Penalties for a Burglary Conviction
The penalties you face for a burglary charge depend on the type of charge you are facing and if applicable, its degree. Penalties include incarceration and fines.
The steepest burglary charge, home invasion in the first degree, carries a prison term of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $5,000 for a convicted individual. The least serious burglary charge, home invasion in the third degree, carries a prison term of up to five years and a fine of up to $2,000.
Defending Your Case Against a Burglary Charge
An effective legal strategy could result in your charge being dismissed entirely or in it being reduced drastically to significantly reduce the penalties you face. For example, a lack of evidence to support the claim that you intended to commit an offense while inside a building could lead to your burglary charge being dismissed. Your lawyer can help you determine the most appropriate defense strategy for your case.
Work with an Experienced Troy Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with burglary or another criminal offense, your best defense strategy is to be proactive and start working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to develop an appropriate defense strategy as soon as possible. To get started with our firm, contact Michigan Defense Law today to set up your initial consultation in our office.