Entry Without Owner’s Permission Defense Attorney
Criminal defense attorneys dedicated to helping those charged with Entry without Owner’s Permission. The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has a reputation for providing aggressive, zealous, and highly effective legal representation.
What is Entering without Breaking or Entry without Permission?
Entry without Owner’s Permission is a serious misdemeanor offense with potentially serious consequences. Under Michigan law, any person who enters without breaking, any dwelling, house, tent, hotel, office, store, shop, warehouse, barn, granary, factory or other building, boat, ship, railroad car or structure used or kept for public or private use, or any other structure, whether occupied or unoccupied, without first obtaining permission to enter from the owner or occupant, agent, or person having immediate control thereof, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
Prosecutors and police officers regularly charge this offense in cases where someone enters a home or business without permission but without the intent to steal or the intent to cause anyone harm. It is not necessary that the prosecution prove that the defendant intended to do anything illegal once inside the building or structure, only that the person entered and did not have permission to do so.
What is the penalty for Entry without Permission?
A conviction for Entry without Permission or Entry without Breaking is up to 90 days in jail and up to 2 years of probation. Unfortunately, the indirect consequences or collateral consequences of a conviction can be much more serious than jail time or probation. A criminal history that includes entering a property without permission is considered a crime of dishonesty and would be considered negatively by a potential employer, a licensing board, an immigration court, or a bank considering a loan. Additionally, a conviction is permanent and will never come off a person’s criminal history unless a judge, years in the future, grants an expungement motion.
What are the potential defenses to Entry without Owner’s Permission?
A charge is not the same thing as a conviction and there are many ways to avoid a conviction for Entry without Permission. Even if a person has no legal or factual defense, a great criminal defense lawyer can bargain with the prosecutor for a lesser offense, a different offense, or for the case to be taken under advisement and dismissed. There are also several legal defenses including:
- Legal Right
- Mistaken Identity
- Mental Illness
- Statute of Limitations
What to do if you are charged with Entry without Owner’s Permission?
If you are charged with or being investigated for Entry without Owner’s Permission, do not talk with the police under any circumstances without an attorney. You need a top criminal defense lawyer who can protect and defend you and who gives you the best possible chance of avoiding a charge or conviction.
The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has decades of experience successfully defending clients charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses in Oakland County, Macomb County, Wayne County and throughout Southeastern Michigan.
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation, or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you promptly.