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Breaking and Entering

Breaking and Entering

Crimes that involve violence are punished harshly in the state of Michigan. This includes assault, battery, domestic violence, stalking and breaking and entering, among others. “Breaking and Entering” refers to the illegal entry into a building, vessel, or vehicle.

There are several distinctive charges that can be brought against someone for breaking and entering. Per Michigan law, breaking and entering can be seen as a felony and as a misdemeanor depending on the circumstances and the intent. If you have been arrested and charged with breaking and entering, contact Dallo Law, P.C. to discuss your legal options with a skilled criminal defense attorney.

Bloomfield Hills Attorney for Breaking and Entering | Oakland County, MI

If you have been arrested for breaking and entering, speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer. J. Dallo at Dallo Law, P.C. understands the laws and how to build a solid defense against even the toughest accusations. Your future is important, and he will help you protect it.

Dallo Law, P.C. serves clients throughout the greater Oakland County and Macomb County area including Pontiac, Troy, Waterford Township, Oakland Charter Township, Royal Oak, Clarkston, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Birmingham, Utica, Romeo, Warren, Sterling Heights, Eastpointe, St. Clair Shores and New Baltimore. Don’t wait another moment to begin protecting your rights and future.

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What is Breaking and Entering in Michigan?

The breaking and entering charge falls under Michigan Penal Code 750.115. According to the statute, an individual commits breaking and entering if he illegally enters or remains any of the following premises:

  • House
  • Tent
  • Hotel
  • Office
  • Store
  • Shop
  • Warehouse
  • Barn
  • Granary
  • Factory
  • Boat, ship, railroad car or structure used or kept for public or private use
  • Any private apartment therein, or any cottage, clubhouse, boat house, hunting or fishing lodge, garage

Under Michigan law, this offense does not require any intention to commit a specified offense.

It also applies to any person who enters premises without breaking. Breaking and entering or entering without breaking is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to one year in county jail.

Per Michigan Penal Code 750.110, a person who breaks and enters, with intent to commit a felony or a larceny therein, a tent, hotel, office, store, shop, warehouse, barn, granary, factory or other building, structure, boat, ship, shipping container, or railroad car is guilty of a felony punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment. According to the statute, a person can be charged with breaking and entering if they have the intention of causing harm, stealing, or committing an illegal act.


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Collateral Consequences of Breaking and Entering

Breaking and entering accusations are serious. Although most individuals in Michigan are aware that a breaking and entering charge can result in steep fines and prison time, they often forget about the crime’s collateral consequences. Conviction of a crime such as breaking and entering can lead to:

  • Inability to obtain a home loan
  • Loss of or inability to obtain a professional license
  • Loss of civil rights
  • Inability to qualify for an apartment
  • A difficult time gaining employment

If you’ve been charged with breaking and entering, the best thing to do is to contact a criminal defense lawyer with a proven track record of successful outcomes. There are several defense strategies which may be effective depending on the circumstances of your case. Dallo Law, P.C. is prepared to aggressively defend you.


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Additional Resources for Breaking and Entering

Michigan Penal Code: Breaking and Entering –  Visit the website of the Michigan Penal Code to view section 750.115 which describes the breaking and entering offense. Click the link to view the elements that constitute the offense which includes entering without permission and without intent.

Michigan Penal Code: Breaking and Entering with Intent – Visit the website of the Michigan Penal Code to view section 750.110 which includes general breaking and entering charges. The statute lists the offense as an act with “intent to commit felony or larceny.”


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Breaking and Entering Attorney in Michigan

If you have been charged with breaking and entering in Michigan, contact Dallo Law, P.C.. Criminal defense attorney J. Dallo knows what evidence prosecutors need to win a case against you, and he knows how to challenge that evidence. He will work hard to get your charges reduced and if possible, dropped.

Dallo Law, P.C. has offices located in Bloomfield Hills and accepts clients throughout the greater Oakland County and Macomb County area. The time is ticking. Call (248) 283-7000 today to set up your first, initial consultation. J. Dallo is prepared to discuss all of your legal options and start a defense plan to tackle your charges.


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