Breaking and Entering Defense Attorney in Michigan

Criminal defense lawyers dedicated to the defense of Breaking and Entering charges in Michigan. We have an unparalleled track record of winning in court.

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Breaking and Entering with the Intent to Commit a Felony or a Larceny

In Michigan, the Breaking and Entering charge changes from a misdemeanor to a felony if the accused intended to commit a felony or larceny inside the structure. Under the law, it is a felony to break into a tent, hotel, office, store, shop, warehouse, barn, factory, or other building, structure, boat, shipping container, or railroad car with the intent to commit a felony or larceny. The maximum penalty for Breaking and Entering in Michigan is up to 10 years in prison and up to 5 years on probation. There are several defenses that a great lawyer can utilize to protect and defend you on Breaking and Entering charges.

Intent to Commit a Felony or Larceny

A person who breaks into a structure without intent to commit a crime inside is guilty of a misdemeanor. If a prosecutor alleges that the person entered with the intent to commit a felony or larceny inside the building or structure, the charge would be a felony. A person’s intent can be proven by what they say or do. For example, if they say, “I’m going in to steal a shirt,” this would be an example of evidence that the government can use to prove a person’s intent to commit a felony or larceny. On the other hand, if a person breaks into a jewelry store while carrying an empty bag and a lockpick, this would be circumstantial evidence that they entered with the intent to commit larceny. Lack of intent would be a viable breaking and entering defense.

Defenses to a B&E Charges

There are many defenses to charges of Breaking and Entering in Michigan, including duress, mistake, a claim of right, and lack of intent. A great criminal defense lawyer will be able to meet with you, hear your story, and study the facts of your case to develop a winning defense strategy. In some cases, the defense attorney may look for facts that will show that the defendant is innocent, and, in other cases, the strategy may be to show the defendant’s actions are not as severe as the police allege. If a defendant is innocent, the best way to avoid a wrongful conviction is with an experienced trial lawyer with a known history of winning in court and providing a solid Breaking and Entering defense.

Charged with Breaking and Entering

If you are guilty, should you just plead guilty?

In those cases where a defendant actually committed a Breaking and Entering, pleading guilty without significant planning and plea negotiations is a significant mistake with lifetime consequences. Prosecutors routinely negotiate with respected trial lawyers and compromise on charges to reach a plea bargain. Many judges will offer a favorable sentence as an incentive to resolve the case, like probation without jail, for example. A great trial lawyer stands the best chance of reaching a favorable resolution because they have established credibility and are respected by the court.

Breaking and Entering Under Special Circumstances

There are exceptional circumstances in some cases. People under 24 may qualify for specific statutes designed to help youthful offenders. An attorney can persuade a judge to take a matter under advisement so that the defendant can avoid a conviction. In the case of aliens with legal or illegal status in the United States, a Breaking and Entering conviction can result in deportation, inability to get citizenship, or a prohibition from reentering the United States. Anyone looking for employment or a professional license will face dire consequences if convicted of Breaking and Entering felony charges in Michigan.

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Common Breaking and Entering Questions

What is the minimum sentence or consequence for Breaking and Entering?

The minimum sentence is probation without jail or prison.

What is the maximum sentence or term for Breaking and Entering?

The maximum sentence is 10 years in prison or even more if the accused has prior felony convictions.

Is Breaking and Entering a Felony?

Yes, if the accused committed the offense with the intent to commit a felony or larceny.

Is it necessary to break down a door to be guilty?

No, any amount of force used to open a door or window to enter the building, no matter how slight, is sufficient to constitute a “breaking.”

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Experienced and Zealous Breaking and Entering Defense Attorneys in Michigan

The lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have decades of experience successfully defending clients charged with Breaking and Entering. The prosecutors in Oakland County, Wayne County, Livingston County, Washtenaw County, and Macomb County regularly prosecute these matters. Our team of defense attorneys regularly represents clients in courts throughout Southeastern Michigan. We consistently achieve extraordinary results. If you or a loved one faces charges or an investigation, we can provide a strong, aggressive, and effective Breaking and Entering defense at fair and affordable rates. Call us today, and we will find a way to help you.

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