Home Invasion Attorneys in Michigan
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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 in Michigan immediately.
Michigan breaks the crime of home invasion into three different degrees as follows:
First-Degree Home Invasion
This specific home invasion offense 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 an assault, larceny, or a felony once inside. You can also be charged with first-degree home invasion if, at any time during the entry or exit, another person is lawfully present in the home or dwelling or you are armed with a deadly weapon.
First-degree home invasion is a 20-year felony with fines up to $5,000.
Second-Degree Home Invasion
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, an assault, larceny, or a felony. 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
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 can 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.