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Home Invasion 101

Posted by on Sep 3, 2019 in Criminal Law | 0 comments

If you or a loved one are facing a conviction for home invasion, you are likely facing some serious punishments. Because of the seriousness of the crime, you should aim to educate yourself as much as possible about not only the crime of home invasion and the penalties you may be met with but about the criminal justice system overall.

A Quick Note…

Home invasion is a violation of state law, which means that you or your loved one will be tried in state court for the crime. Criminal laws vary from state to state, so it is important to look at the laws where you live to get a better understanding of the criminal justice process and what charges you may be facing. You should also attempt to reach out to an attorney in your state, or the state in which you are being tried, as they will be the expert on the laws in that particular location.

This post will discuss home invasion charges in the most general sense possible

What is Home Invasion?

First, what exactly is a home invasion charge? Again, it is important to check the state in which you or a loved one is being tried to get a better idea of what the state determines home invasion to be. Home invasion, however, can be defined as an illegal, and usually forceful, entry into a home with an intent to commit a violent crime toward those living in the home. Usually, this violent crime is something along the lines of robbery or assault but it can escalate from anything from rape to murder.

Punishments for Home Invasion

Like already stated, those potentially facing a home invasion conviction are facing very strict sentences. These vary from state to state, but I’ll give an example to let you know what you or a loved one may be facing. In the state of Illinois, for example, you could be met with a minimum prison sentence from anywhere from 6 to 30 years. After the prison term, you may be subject to mandatory supervised release, where you will have to comply with a variety of restrictions or be forced to return back to prison.

Unfortunately, there are more punishments you may have to deal with. You could be ordered to pay a fine of up to 25,000 dollars – which for some, could take a lifetime to pay back as the criminal justice system already strips many of their money. The conviction will follow you for life as you will be marked as a felon. This could keep you from finding employment, housing, or in some cases, from being able to vote.

What to Do

The absolute first thing you should do is to reach out to a criminal defense law firm like Bruno Law Offices. DON’T try to represent yourself — reaching out to a professional is always the better choice. The punishments following a home invasion conviction can last a lifetime, so you need the best representation possible.

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