Being a Professional Criminal

I had a client a few years ago who told me he was a professional.
He was charged with 1st degree home invasion, a 20-year felony. In addition, he had already spent 8 years in prison for the same crime and was considered a habitual offender that meant that he could be sentenced to life.

Being a professional in anything requires a lot of work. I remember a law school professor, a sitting judge at the time, remark, that if you are going to be a criminal you should study law. You should know what to expect if caught. Know what the penalties are. Know what to say and what not to say. In short being a professional takes a lot of work.

In my client’s case, although he said he was a professional, he broke into the home of a dentist. His wife was also a dentist. He should have known that generally dentists don’t work on Monday and even though they had gone to Starbucks for coffee, they probably would return home which they did. And when they did, they saw a strange vehicle in the driveway and two guys in the house who were visible in the large picture windows. In addition, my client and his partner carried automatic assault rifles into the house. Without the weapons, the charge might have been a simple breaking and entering or home invasion 3
rd degree, but with the rifles, even though they did not need them, the crime was elevated to 1st degree. Professional? Not by any means.

Bottom line, being a professional in any occupation takes time and study. If being a criminal is what you want to do, you need to put in the hours to become good at what you do. The same is true for a doctor, lawyer, or in any occupation..

I am not saying that you should become a professional criminal but if you are willing to spend the time to become a professional, you might as well do something that is legal and won’t land you in prison.