Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property, Theft, Burglary

Theft and burglary are crimes where severity of punishment varies from state to state. In the state of Michigan, a person commits theft/burglary if he or she:

  • Enters a building not open to the public with the intent to commit theft, assault, or another felony.
  • Remains concealed in a building not open to the public with the intent to commit assault, theft, or a felony.
  • Is caught on the premises after receiving notice that entrance was forbidden.

It is important to note that there is no requirement for forced entry for a burglary to occur. Simply trespassing through an open door may constitute burglary. For example, if you walk into someone’s unlocked boathouse and take their boat out, you are still committing burglary, even if you return the boat in its original condition.

Being Charged with Receiving, Theft or Burglary

If you are facing criminal charges for burglary, it can be hard to know where you stand. In general, burglary is classified in Michigan as a felony. Criminal trespassing, on the other hand, is generally tried as a misdemeanor. Burglary can carry severe consequences, including jail time from 2 to 20 years and fines up to $10,000. When you are facing these types of charges, it is important to do the following:

  • Exercise your right to remain silent. If you are arrested, never give a statement to police without a lawyer present. The police are trained to investigate crimes by gathering evidence against you, so it is imperative to have legal counsel by your side to advise you. Too often, people mistakenly convict themselves by giving the police a confession. While it is important to be respectful and compliant, do not give out too much information.
  • Retain the services of a qualified legal team as soon as possible. A good lawyer will advise you on what questions to answer, and when you should keep silent.

If you have been charged with a theft or burglary offense, or you know someone that has, please call us immediately. Experienced Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyer, Ryan Maesen, can provide you with the level of experience you deserve when facing your case.

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I also have assisted clients accused of Financial and White Collar crimes in Federal Court. I have helped hundreds of individuals across West Michigan and I can help you to during this challenging period of your life.

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