Theft Burglary Receiving

Grand Rapids Theft Defense Lawyer 

Theft crimes can range from shoplifting to larceny, embezzlement, receiving and concealing stolen property to burglary and robbery. These are crimes for which a conviction can have severe consequences to your near and long-term future. A conviction of theft crimes can put your honesty in doubt which makes future employers, landlords, schools and universities hesitant to approve you for jobs, housing, or educational programs. These convictions can also have a negative impact on professional career licenses.   

In any criminal charge, you have the right to defend yourself in court. To do so, you should rely on the knowledge and resources of an experienced defender. At Ryan Maesen, PLC, you can work with a highly-respected criminal trial lawyer backed by 15 years of experience in negotiating and litigating cases for clients in Kent County, Allegan County, and Ottawa County. Your case will be thoroughly investigated and prepared to put you in the best possible legal position in search of optimum results.

Reach out to our Grand Rapids theft defense lawyer for a free case review by contacting us online or at (616) 201-3327 

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Receiving & Concealing Stolen Property, Theft & Burglary

Under Michigan law, it is a crime to “buy, receive, possess, conceal, or aid in the concealment of stolen, embezzled, or converted money, goods, or property” when you know or have reason to believe that the property was stolen. This crime is charged and punished based on the value of the property involved. 

It may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony as follows:

  • For property valued between $1,000 up to $20,000, it carries up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
  • For property valued from $200 up to $1,000, it carries up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
  • For property valued under $200, it carries up to 93 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500.

Burglary is committed when 1. you enter a building closed open to the public with the intention to commit theft, assault, or some other felony; 2. You remain hidden in a building currently closed to the public with the intention to commit theft, assault, or a felony; 3. You are caught on the premises after being notified that entrance to the property was forbidden. 

You should understand that no requirement exists for having forced entry to be accused of burglary. Simply trespassing through an open door may still constitute this crime. 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.

How to Fight Theft & Burglary Charges

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 incarceration time from two 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.

Theft and burglary charges are a serious matter that should be handled by a competent criminal defense attorney. At Ryan Maesen, PLC, we have the knowledge, experience, and resources needed to mount an aggressive defense in pursuit of the best possible outcome. Learn more about how we can help by contacting us. 

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  • “Ryan is a knowledgeable, professional general law practice attorney. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney, particularly for real estate matters and criminal defense.” - Sharon
  • “Was facing a 25 to life CSC case. We tried it and we won. He has great trial skills and did a knockout job cross-examining my accuser.” - Richard

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