Burglary and robbery are commonly used interchangeably. But, they are two different crimes with very different penalties. Read on to learn more about the difference between burglary and robbery.
How is the term “burglary” defined in New Jersey?
To be convicted of burglary, you must be guilty of trespassing–that is, 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?
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.
How does New Jersey law define robbery?
New Jersey takes robbery very seriously. Robbery is defined as doing any of the following in the course of committing a theft crime:
- Inflicting bodily injury upon another person
- Threatening bodily injury upon another person
- Committing or saying that you are going to commit either a first or second-degree crime during the course of a theft.
What happens if I am convicted of armed robbery in New Jersey?
If you are convicted of armed robbery in New Jersey, you are facing a wide array of very serious penalties. The potential consequences of an armed robbery charge in New Jersey are as follows:
- First-Degree Armed Robbery: You may go to prison for anywhere between 10 and 20 years, and you may also have to pay up to a $200,000 fine.
- Second-Degree Robbery: You may go to prison for anywhere between 5-10 years, and you may also have to pay a fine of up to $150,000.
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