Chicago Home Invasion Lawyer

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Home Invasion Lawyer

At Law Offices of Mitch Furman, I have dedicated my 20 plus year career defending people being accused of violent crimes, including home invasion.  Through skillful preparation and methodical approach to craft a defense, attorneys at my firm have been successful at defending thousands of clients against serious criminal charges, including home invasion.

What is Home Invasion Crime in Chicago?

Home invasion is its own distinct crime. It is like burglary or robbery but having its own elements. Home invasion is codified under 720 ILCS 5/19-6 and must include certain unique factors. For example, to secure a conviction for home invasion, the prosecutor must prove that.

  1. A person entered a dwelling while knowing that one or more people were present there.
  2. Remained at the dwelling after they had been told to leave.
  3. Entering the dwelling by misrepresenting that they work for a utility company or another government agency.

Additionally, various aggravating factors must exist. Such as.

  • Person must be armed with a dangerous weapon, other than a firearm, uses force or threatens the imminent use of force upon any person or persons within the dwelling place whether or not injury occurs.
  • Intentionally causes any injury, to any person or persons within the dwelling place.
  • While armed with a firearm uses force or threatens the imminent use of force upon any person or persons within the dwelling place whether or not injury occurs.
  • Uses force or threatens the imminent use of force upon any person or persons within the dwelling place whether or not injury occurs and during the commission of the offense personally discharges a firearm.
  • Personally discharges a firearm that proximately causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, permanent disfigurement, or death to another person within the dwelling place.

What Are The Penalties For Home Invasion?

Home invasion is a very serious crime and is classified as a class x felony. It is not probationable and if a person is convicted of it, he or she must serve 6 to 30 years in prison. If certain aggravating factors are present additional time must be added to the sentence. If the defendant had;

  • Firearm – additional 15 years
  • Firearm that was discharged – additional 20 years
  • Use of firearm caused injury or permanent disability – additional 25 years

Due to severe nature of home invasion and its steep penalties it carries, attorneys at my firm take this matter seriously. If you or someone you know is accused of this crime. Call (312) 236-7078 today to get started today. 

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Chicago, IL 60601

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