Home Invasion Charges

As with any criminal case, in order for you to be convicted, the prosecutor must prove each element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. Top Michigan defense attorney Chris Kessel has a long and successful history dealing with Home Invasion charges. If you or a family member has been charged with a Home Invasion offense, contact us at Chris Kessel today.

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Understanding Home Invasion in Michigan

There are three different types of Home Invasion charges: first, second, and third degree. Home Invasion First Degree is the most serious, carrying a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Home Invasion Third Degree is the least serious, carrying a sentence of up to 5 years in prison. While each charge is different, they all contain the common element of a “breaking” and “entering.”




Legal Terms: Breaking & Entering

Legalese, while spoken in English, is not the same language that you would speak on the street with your friend. For that reason, here are some terms that lawyers throw around when discussing “breaking and entering” type crimes.



Our Approach To Home Invasion Charges

Chris Kessel has over a decade of experience dealing with home invasion charges. When a client retains Chris Kessel he immediately begin to develop a comprehensive strategy for success. That’s what makes him one of Michigan’s top criminal attorney. Sometimes success means convincing the prosecutor to dismiss the charges completely or have them greatly reduced. Other times it means a motion to suppress evidence to have the case dismissed by a judge, or fully preparing for trial and securing a not guilty verdict.

Home Invasion charges often turn on what the defendant’s intent was when they entered the home. It can often times be difficult if not impossible to prove what someone’s intent was. Chris Kessel has the experience needed to persuade a prosecutor, judge, or jury that you did not have the necessary intent to convict you of a home invasion crime.


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  • “HE’S A BAD MAN, when it comes to that court room. I had a very tough case which would had made me guilty from he say, she say. But the evidence just wasn’t there. Chris worked hard from the time I contacted him until my verdict day to stress the issue of reasonable doubt. He did all that along with having a new born son at home which took away from his sleep. On March 15th, 2018 I was found NOT GUILTY of 2 felonies and 1 misdemeanor.”

    -Brandon | Detroit MI
    Home Invasion, Assault With Intent To Do Bodily Harm & Malicious Destruction of Property

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    -B.B. | Mount Clemons, MI
    Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd Degree

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    Possession with intent to deliver marijuana