Home Invasion is a serious crime in Michigan and the possibility of a prison sentence is very high if convicted. It is important that you hire a skilled criminal defense lawyer immediately. Michigan breaks the crime of home invasion into three different degrees as follows:
First Degree Home Invasion is the most serious. The prosecutor must prove that you broke and entered into a home of another without permission with the intent to commit a felony, larceny, or assault once inside. You can also be charged with home invasion in the first degree if at any time during the entry or exiting you are armed with a deadly weapon or another person is lawfully present in the home or dwelling.
First degree home invasion is a 20-year felony with fines up to $5,000.00.
-Second Degree Home Invasion is committed when a person breaks and enters a home or dwelling with the intent to commit, or actually does commit, a felony, larceny, or assault. Home invasion in the second degree is a 15-year felony and carries fines up to $3,000.00.
To distinguish second degree from first degree home invasion, it is important to remember that a second degree charge does not require or involve the use of a deadly weapon.
-Third Degree Home Invasion is committed when a person breaks and enters a home or dwelling with the intent to commit, or actually does commit, a misdemeanor once inside. Home invasion in the third degree is a 5-year felony and carries fines up to $2,000.00.
Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney Barton Morris will aggressively defend your case and will carefully evaluate all possible defenses, such as reasonable doubt, mistaken identity, alibi, and authorization to be on the property.
Defending these cases requires an experienced trial attorney because when the prosecutor knows the attorney is good in trial, they are more willing to settle the case. Barton Morris was trained at the Trial Lawyer’s College and is known in the legal community as a very skilled trial attorney. That is one reason why Barton Morris gets great results.
If you have been charged with home invasion, in the Oakland, Wayne or Macomb County communities of Royal Oak, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, Warren, Troy or any surrounding area and want the best defense, call Michigan Criminal Attorney Barton Morris at (248) 541-2600. Barton Morris was recently voted Top Attorney in Metro Detroit for 2012 and 2013 in the area of criminal defense.