Antrim County Home Invasion Defenses

Patrick S. Fragel, Attorney at Law, P.C.

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Three Defenses To Antrim County Home Invasion Charges

Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer Patrick S. Fragel provides skillful representation on Antrim County home invasion and theft charges in the 86th District Court and the 13th Circuit Court. If you are caught-up in an Antrim County home invasion or theft charge, Patrick Fragel will provide a defense strategy to protect your rights.

With 20 years experience, and a distinguished rating from Martindale-Hubbell, Attorney Fragel knows how to build a successful defense against criminal charges in Antrim County, Michigan. CONTACT US

Defenses To Antrim County Home Invasion Charges

Certain theft offenses in the 86th District Court carry a potential prison sentence as the punishment. Antrim County Criminal Defense Lawyer Patrick S. Fragel has aggressively defended clients charged with felonies such as Larceny, Fraud, Embezzlement, shoplifting and home invasion. Many of these Clients have been spared lengthy prison terms due to the defense strategy designed by Attorney Patrick S. Fragel. Michigan law recognizes various defenses to a theft offense, such as:

  • ALIBI DEFENSE:  Antrim County Home Invasion and theft charges can be defended with an alibi defense. The prosecutor must prove that the Defendant was actually there when the theft was committed. The Defendant does not have to prove his alibi – it is the Prosecutor’s job to prove guilt – the Defendant does not have to prove his innocence. If you are facing larceny, fraud, burglary, shoplifting and home invasion charges, there must be evidence to prove that you were present when the theft occurred. If the Jury has reasonable doubt about whether the Defendant was present when the alleged theft was committed, they may find him NOT GUILTY.
  • CLAIM OF RIGHT TO THE PROPERTY: To be guilty of shoplifting and home invasion charges, a person must intend to steal. An effective strategy is to convince the Jury that the Defendant took the property because he had a “claim of right“ to it. If the Defendant took the property honestly believing it was legally his, then the defendant did not intend to steal and verdict may be NOT GUILTY.
  • MISTAKE OR LACK OF INTENT: In Retail Fraud – Shoplifting cases, a shopper may have left the store without knowing they had merchandise that was not paid for. For example, if you forget to clear the bottom of your shopping cart, and while in the parking lot, discover you did not to pay for the merchandise, you did not “intend to steal”. If the Defendant convinces the Jury that they took the merchandise by mistake, then the verdict should be NOT GUILTY.

There are many defenses to Antrim County home invasion, burglary, embezzlement or larceny charges. The best defense will depend on the facts of your individual case. As a former Prosecutor and experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer, Patrick Fragel has in-depth knowledge of Michigan criminal law and courtroom procedure. Patrick S. Fragel has achieved a “distinguished” rating for ethical practices and legal knowledge from the Martindale-Hubbell independent lawyer rating service. His firm has helped thousands of clients over the past 20 years. Contact us to Start your Defense Today

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Antrim County Criminal Defense Contacts:

  • 86th District Court – Antrim County, 205 E. Cayuga Street, Bellaire, MI 49615 231-533-6441
  • 13th Circuit Court – Antrim County, 205 E. Cayuga Street, Bellaire, MI 49615 231-533-6353
  • Antrim County Sheriff & Jail, 117 Grove Street, Bellaire, MI 49615
  • Sheriff: 231-533-8627 Jail: 231-533-8627 (x3233)

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