A person who breaks and enters into a structure or simply enters a structure without permission, while intending to commit a crime inside, may be charged with burglary.

In Michigan, if the structure is someone’s residence, whether permanent or temporary, or even a building attached to a residence, the accused would face the very serious charge of home invasion (in the first, second, or third degree). The severity of the charge would depend on factors such as the presence of weapons during the act, the lawful presence of any other people in the residence at the time, and any particular crime that may have occurred after the illegal entry.

A burglary may be complete as soon as a person enters a structure without permission, even if no person is injured and no property taken afterward. Structures that may be burglarized include businesses, schools, and vehicles.

Possession of burglary tools (substances or tools designed or altered to help in breaking into a locked container or structure) is a separate charge that some people face. To prove this charge, a prosecutor would have to prove that the accused knew what the tools had been designed for, and that the accused intended to use them to break into a locked structure. In Michigan, possession of burglary tools is a felony in itself, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Based in the Lansing, Michigan area, the Leydorf Law Firm has achieved outstanding results for clients accused of a variety of criminal offenses. Attorney Nicholas Leydorf takes pride in his honest and dedicated efforts to protect his clients at every step of the legal process, and his pursuit of innovative legal strategies in their defense.

If you are facing burglary-related charges in Michigan, contact The Leydorf Law Firm today. You can reach us at any time, by calling (517) 388-6800 or emailing nickleydorf@gmail.com.