It is common to use the terms “burglary” and “robbery” interchangeably. It is also easy to mix up “theft,” “larceny,” “stealing,” and more. But, each of these terms has a different legal definition and its own set of consequences. Read on to learn more about burglary charges in New Jersey.
How is the term “burglary” defined in New Jersey?
To be convicted of burglary, you must be guilty of trespassing. Trespassing refers to the act of entering a structure or research facility without permission–while either committing or having the intent to commit a crime within that building. The term “structure” is key here, as the phrase can cover rooms, buildings, ships, tents, airplanes, vehicles, or any other place adapted for sleeping or business. New Jersey courts will upgrade your burglary charge to aggravated burglary if you are found guilty of either inflicting or threatening to inflict bodily injury on another person while in the act of committing a burglary. You may also be charged with aggravated burglary if you are either armed with or appear to be armed with an explosive device or deadly weapon.
What are the penalties for being convicted of burglary in New Jersey?
Burglary carries serious penalties. If you are convicted of burglary, you can face up to 5 years in prison, on top of a $15,000 fine. Burglary, in New Jersey, is considered a crime in the third degree. Additionally, if you are convicted of aggravated burglary, you may face up to 10 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines. Aggravated burglary is a crime in the second degree.
What do I do if I am facing burglary charges?
If you are facing charges for burglary in New Jersey, you will need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. A burglary charge can follow you for the rest of your life. For example, having a criminal record can impact your opportunities when it comes to jobs, housing, education, loans, child custody, and more. A dedicated attorney will work to lower the charges you are facing.
If you are facing burglary charges in New Jersey, contact our firm. The sooner you reach out, the sooner we can begin planning your defense.
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