Kalkaska Home Invasion Defense
Patrick S. Fragel, Attorney at Law, P.C.
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Three Defenses To Kalkaska Home Invasion Charges
Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer Patrick S. Fragel provides skillful representation on Kalkaska Home Invasion and theft charges. If you are caught-up in a theft charge such as Larceny, Embezzlement, Retail Fraud – Shoplifting and Home Invasion, 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 Kalkaska County, Michigan.
Defenses To Kalkasa Home Invasion
Kalkaska Home Invasion convictions carry a potential prison sentence as the punishment. Kalkaska 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: Kalkaska Home Invasion and Larceny 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 either shoplifting or 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 Kalkaska 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 Kalkaska home invasion charges and theft offenses. The best defense will depend on the facts of your individual case in the 86th District Court. 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.
Distinguished Rating for Legal and Ethical Standards from Martindale-Hubbell
Former Prosecutor – 20 Years Experience
Kalkaska Criminal Defense Contacts:
- 46th Circuit Court – Kalkaska County, 800 Livingston Boulevard, Gaylord, MI 231-258-3300
- 87th District Court – Kalkaska County, 605 North Birch Street, Kalkaska, MI 231-258-9031
- Kalkaska County Sheriff, 605 North Birch Street, Kalkaska, MI 231-258-8686
- Kalkaska County Jail, 605 North Birch Street, Kalkaska, MI 231-258-5245
Kalkaska County Court House