Capable Michigan Lawyers Provide a Strong Defense to Burglary Allegations

Proficient Detroit defense attorneys represent people charged with breaking and entering and home invasion

Burglary laws are intended to protect individuals and families from the threat of violence by enforcing the sanctity of a dwelling. A felony conviction of burglary is treated harshly, with defendants facing many years behind bars. At Federal Criminal Attorneys of Michigan, we believe that every person accused of a crime is entitled to a vigorous legal defense. Our Detroit law firm has successfully handled more than 3,000 criminal cases, so you can trust in our track record and commitment to upholding our clients’ rights.

Experienced lawyers handle defense of full range of burglary cases

Burglary includes multiple crimes that involve gaining unlawful entry into any structure with the intent to commit another crime — usually a theft offense — once inside. Even if the second crime isn’t carried out, the act of burglary is punishable in itself.

In Michigan, burglary crimes fall into these categories:

  • Burglary with explosives — Entering any building and using or attempting to use any high explosive for the purpose of committing any crime therein is punishable by imprisonment for 15 years to 30 years.
  • Breaking and entering —This is the unlawful entry into a building or structure other than a dwelling with the intent to commit larceny or another felony. It carries a prison term of up to 10 years.
  • Entering without breaking — Going into any nonresidential building with intent to commit larceny or another felony carries a prison of up to five years and a fine of up to $2,500.
  • Home invasion (1st degree) — This is the act of entering a dwelling while armed with a dangerous weapon or while another person is lawfully present, if done with intent to commit larceny, assault or another felony. Conviction carries a prison term of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $5,000.
  • Home invasion (2nd degree) — This means unlawfully entering a dwelling with the intent to commit an assault, felony or larceny if the defendant is unarmed and no one is lawfully present. Conviction carries a prison term of up to 15 years and a fine of up to $3,000.
  • Home invasion (3rd degree) — A conviction of unlawfully entering a dwelling with intent to commit a misdemeanor or in violation of the terms of probation, parole or an order of protection may result in five years in prison and a $2,000 fine.

Our legal team has years of experience defending those accused of burglary. We will work to develop a solid defense using proven legal strategies designed to preserve your freedom.

Contact an experienced Michigan law firm for burglary defense

Federal Criminal Attorneys of Michigan represents people accused of burglary and other serious crimes. Our main office is in downtown Detroit but we are also available to meet you in Taylor, Southfield and Royal Oak. For a free consultation, please call 313-329-5847 or contact us online.