Burglary Lawyer in Oakland County, Michigan

Have you been accused of breaking and entering?

In Michigan, to be considered burglary, someone must enter a building with the intention of committing a crime. It does not have to be theft but just any crime committed after entering into a building or residence. Breaking and entering with the intention of committing a felony is a felony that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and also a possibility of a $5,000 fine. It is best that you speak to an Oakland County criminal defense attorney immediately after a charge. This is not the only type of burglary; there is also:

  • Vehicular burglary which is breaking into another person's car
  • "Entering without breaking" which is a crime punishable by up to 5 years in prison or a fine of $2,500.
  • Common law burglary which is when a person is breaking and entering into someone's house at night with the intention of committing a felony

Possible Penalties for Burglary Crimes

Intention plays a large role with burglary law; the felony does not actually have to take place in order to be considered burglary. Oftentimes when a person is committing a burglary, the homeowner chases away the intruder after they enter but the intruder can still be charged with burglary despite the lack of felony committed. The penalties for burglary are harsh, they vary based on the degree, for example:

  • Third degree: felony charge punishable by a prison stay of up to 5 years and up to a $2,000 fine
  • Second degree: Offense punishable by a prison stay of up to 15 years and up to a $3,000 fine
  • First degree: Offense punishable by a prison stay of up to 20 years and if convicted a $5,000 fine.

There is a lot at stake when facing a burglary charge in Michigan which is why it is imperative to seek the help of an experienced Oakland County burglary attorney. We may be able to help you if you want to move on after admitting to breaking the law or if you are not guilty of the charges you are facing. We have experience when it comes to all types of theft crimes and with our assistance you may be able to reduce the penalties of the charges. Our lawyer devotes her time and effort necessary to fight for your case and we investigate all the details of the case to ensure that we provide the best representation possible. Evidence can always be questioned and we are dedicated to providing our clients with aggressive defense so call Long Law PLLC today to discuss your case with a skilled Oakland County criminal defense attorney.