Phillipsburg Burglary Lawyers
Criminal Defense Attorneys in Sussex and Warren County, New Jersey
The cornerstone of burglary is a purpose to commit some offense and entering, remaining in, or trespassing in a place where the actor is not permitted to be. In any event, burglary is considered a second or third degree crime under the New Jersey Criminal Code and whether the charges are handled in the Criminal Division of the New Jersey Superior Court in Warren County or Sussex County, the penalties will include potential prison time. The bottom line with burglary cases, as with all criminal cases, is that a meticulous and detailed analysis of the underlying facts is key to developing an effective defense strategy. If you are charged with burglary in Sussex County or Warren County, the criminal defense team at the our law firm is ready to help.
The Sussex and Warren County burglary defense lawyers at our firm have successfully defended theft offenses, including burglary cases, in criminal courts throughout New Jersey. Our criminal defense team of former prosecutors, judicial clerks, deputies for the Attorney General’s Office, and award-winning criminal defense attorneys has the knowledge and foresight to deliver superior results for clients in Sparta, Frankford Township, Phillipsburg, Belvidere, and across Sussex and Warren County. We are available to provide you with immediate assistance, the answers to your questions, and a cost-free consultation. Simply call 973-755-1695 today.
Burglary Defense Lawyer in Vernon New Jersey
N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2(a) sets forth that a person is guilty of burglary if, with purpose to commit an offense therein or thereon he: 1) enters a research facility, structure, or a separately secured or occupied portion thereof unless the structure was at the time open to the public or the actor is licensed or privileged to enter; 2) surreptitiously remains in a research facility, structure, or a separately secured or occupied portion thereof know that he is no licensed or privileged to do so; or 3) trespasses in or upon utility company property where public notice prohibiting trespass is given by conspicuous posting, or fencing or other enclosure manifestly designed to exclude intruders.
According to the criminal code, specifically, N.J.S.A. 2C:18-1 “structure” means any building, room, ship, vessel, car, vehicle or airplane, and also means any place adapted for overnight accommodation of persons, or for carrying on business therein, whether or not a person is actually present. In other words, burglary charges can be issued for breaking into many types of places other than another person’s home and, moreover, an act shall be deemed “in the course of committing” an offense if it occurs in an attempt to commit an offense or in immediate flight after the attempt or commission. For example, if a thief who has already stolen an item is fleeing from the scene then breaks into a parked car to avoid apprehension, the thief will also be charged with burglary.
What are the Potential Penalties for Burglary in New Jersey?
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2(b), burglary is a crime of the second degree if in the course of committing the offense, the actor: 1) purposely, knowingly or recklessly inflicts, attempts to inflict or threatens to inflict bodily injury on anyone; or 2) is armed with or displays what appear to be explosives or a deadly weapon. Otherwise, burglary is a crime of the third degree. According to the New Jersey Criminal Code, a second degree crime carries a potential prison sentence of five to ten years and a fine of up to $150,000 and a third degree crime is punishable by three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
Belvidere Burglary Defense Attorneys are Here for You
If you or a loved one are accused of burglary in Sussex County or Warren County, don’t hesitate to call the criminal defense attorneys at our office. We are available to provide more information about your charges and the potential strategies that may be used to defeat them. Call 973-755-1695 now or submit an online contact form to start a dialogue today.