Defending You Against Robbery And Theft Charges

For those charged with robbery or theft, legal problems can quickly pile up on top of existing financial problems. That's why it's important to address the charges quickly and competently with the help of an experienced attorney. Based in the Kalamazoo area, Gary Gabry has more than 30 years of experience, and he understands that each person's unique situation can help explain the circumstances that led up to a crime. Each case is different, but G. M. Gabry Law will work with you to achieve reduced charges and/or sentencing.

Understanding The Terms

Theft/larceny: Under Michigan law, theft is formally known as larceny. In legal terms, theft is the most basic kind of stealing. All it takes to commit theft is to steal something that belongs to someone else, with the intent to permanently deprive the rightful owner of their property. Pickpocketing and shoplifting are common forms of theft. Theft can be either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the value of the stolen property.

Robbery is basically theft that involves the use or threat of violence. This means forcibly taking someone's property, like a purse or wallet. In Michigan, unarmed robbery is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Armed robbery is a subcategory that applies when a robbery is carried out with the aid of a weapon like a gun, knife or bat. Because the threat posed by a weapon is much greater than that posed by one's bare hands, the penalty for armed robbery is more severe than the penalty for unarmed robbery — those charged with armed robbery face a mandatory minimum sentence of two years, and potentially a life sentence.

Home invasion: Also known as burglary, breaking and entering, and B & E, home invasion is the formal term used in Michigan to describe the act of unlawfully entering a structure or dwelling for the purpose of committing a crime. Home invasion often involves theft — for example, breaking into a home and stealing a TV — but the act of breaking into a building and entering it are crimes in themselves. One doesn't need to carry out another crime inside to receive a conviction for home invasion.

Get Help Immediately

G. M. Gabry Law can help a bad situation from getting worse. If you or your loved one has been charged with robbery, home invasion, or theft, lawyer Gary Michael Gabry can help. Contact us to schedule a free consultation and see how we can assist you. We represent clients throughout southwest Michigan, including the cities of Kalamazoo and Portage.