Jessica is a practicing attorney and has taught law and has a J.D. and LL.M.
Have you ever heard a bump in the night? It may just be a neighborhood cat, but it could more serious. It could be an intruder attempting to come inside your home, seeking to do harm. Unfortunately, these home invasions occur daily in the United States.
A home invasion is an unlawful entry into another person's home with the intention to perform an illegal act. The illegal act may be a burglary, but it may also consist of other criminal acts such as murder, rape, kidnapping, and more. Typically, the residents of the home are present during the home invasion. Occupants of the home may also provide information to the offender regarding the location of valuables.
According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, in 2018, 1,230,149 million annual burglaries which occurred. Furthermore, according to the same study, 56.7% of burglaries involved the use of forced entry. Additionally, burglaries of residential properties were 65.5% of all burglary offenses
Every state has different laws regarding home invasions. Therefore, it's critical to check the laws of the state where you live. While some states do not have specific home invasion laws, other states do have such statutes. For instance, the State of Michigan has a home invasion statute which makes the commission of a home invasion a crime. Under the statute, one can receive imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000, depending upon the circumstances of the case. The states that do not have specific home invasion laws depend upon the crimes which were committed during the home invasion. For instance, if a burglary was committed during the home invasion, then the burglary statute will be utilized.
Let's review. Home invasions involve the forceful entry into another person's home with the intention to perform an illegal act. State laws control home invasion cases, with some having specific laws regarding the crime of home invasion, while others rely on whatever statute goes with the intended illegal act such as burglary or rape. Various statistics demonstrate that household members were home during many home invasions and that the victims knew the perpetrators more often than not.
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