Stemming from the common law crime of Burglary, Breaking and Entering can be a serious felony in Michigan. If the property alleged to have been entered is a dwelling, Breaking and Entering is charged as “Home Invasion” carrying potential maximum penalties of up to 20 years in prison. An attorney’s experience and reputation are the best answer to such serious charges.
A person who breaks and enters another’s home with the intent to commit a felony, theft offense, or assault and either possesses a weapon or does so while another person is lawfully present in the home, can be charged with Home Invasion in the First Degree, a felony with a maximum penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment.
A person who breaks and enters another’s home with the intent to commit a felony, theft offense, or assault can be charged with Home Invasion in the Second Degree, a felony with a maximum penalty of up to 15 years imprisonment.
A person who breaks and enters another’s home with the intent to commit a misdemeanor or in violation of a probation condition, parole condition, or other legal order, can be charged with Home Invasion in the Third Degree, a felony with a maximum penalty of up to 5 years imprisonment.
What Do The Best Criminal Defense Attorneys Do To Defend Home Invasion Cases?
Ethically, lawyers cannot and should not make claims about themselves such as being “the best.” Instead, lawyers should stand on their experience, ratings, reputation, and results. The best practices for Home Invasion defense include: intimate knowledge of the local courts and participants; a thorough confidential client interview; obtaining all case discovery including in-car and body-cam police video, audio dispatch recordings, 9-1-1 audio recordings, interviewing any witnesses, preparing a client for the courtroom, and the ability to present a case in court in pretrial motion hearings and at trial.
In Michigan, Home Invasion is one of the most nuanced and complicated charges that a person can face and should be defended by only the most experienced defense attorneys. For over 35 years, Joseph A. Simon has been helping persons charged with Home Invasion protect their freedom, reputation and future goals. Our attorneys have over 65 years combined experience in criminal defense and an unwavering commitment to excellence in criminal defense. If you or a loved one are being investigated for or charged with Home Invasion in Washtenaw, Wayne, Jackson, Livingston, or Lenawee County, contact our firm at 734-887-6200 for a free consultation.