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Home Invasion

Home invasion is a serious crime and if found guilty the punishments can destroy a person’s life by landing them extensive time in jail, having to cope with major fines, and ruining their reputation.

  • What is home invasion?
  • What is the best course of action if you or someone you know has been charged with home invasion?
  • What are the possible punishments for home invasion?

Home invasion is when an individual illegally enters a business, home or residence that is occupied and has the intention of executing a robbery or committing another type of crime. The legal consequences that come along with being found guilty of breaking home invasion laws can completely destroy a person’s life. In Miami, Florida breaking home invasion laws is considered to be a very serious crime and as a result prosecutors come at the defendants with everything that they have.

If you or someone you love has been charged with breaking home invasion laws it is going to be absolutely necessary to contact and gain the services of a lawyer that has a vast amount of experience in home invasion defense. Even an attorney that has a lot of experience defending clients who were charged with violating home invasion laws are going to need time to prepare a plan that will best defend their clients. Although home invasion is a serious crime with very serious repercussions, it is completely possible with the proper home invasion defense for an individual to have their charges reduced to a misdemeanor. Without the appropriate representation the guilty can expect large fines along with proper compensation to the victims, house arrest, mandated counseling by the court, probation, and possible long term jail sentences depending on the circumstances.

The punishment an individual can receive for home invasion is dependent on different scenarios including if the defendant has had any other prior arrests and convictions, how serious any victims involved in the home invasion were hurt, and whether or not a weapon was used when the crime was committed.

If convicted of a home invasion the best home invasion defense will be able to do the necessary work to give their clients some options. They will need to do research and gather all of the information and facts behind the home invasion case. The quicker that proper preparation begins for a person on trial for home invasion, the better chance that they have at yielding positive results.

In Miami, Florida violating home invasion laws is recognized as a first-degree felony. It is mandatory for the ruling judge to sentence the guilty party to a minimum of 34.5 months of prison time. In addition a judge could sentence the guilty party to the following:

  • 30 years in prison
  • 30 years of probation
  • $10,000 in fines

In the case a weapon is used during a home invasion a person can be sentenced to life in prison, as it will be classified as a Level 10 offense under the Florida sentencing guidelines.

If a firearm is present during a home invasion, a judge could sentence the guilty to the following:

  • Minimum of 10 years in prison
  • Minimum of 20 years in prison if the firearm was used
  • Minimum of 25 years in prison if someone was either injured or hurt by the firearm

Being charged with violating home invasion laws is a very serious crime. A good home invasion defense has a strong possibility of getting charges reduced or thrown out all together. The quicker that home invasion defense is obtained, the better chance at avoiding the most severe penalties.

Yale Galanter

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