Burglary Charge Defense in New Jersey
Burglary is a crime that falls under the broad spectrum of theft. An individual is charged when they trespass or remain on a property that they have no legal right to be on, with the intention of committing an offense.
In order for an individual to be charged with burglary, there are four requirements the state must prove:
- The defendant must have pursued entry
- The entry must have been into a structure or facility
- The structure must not be open to the public
- The purpose of entry was with intention to commit another criminal offense
Types of Burglary Charges
In most cases, burglary is a Third Degree Crime; this can result in 3-5 years in prison and $15,000 in fines. A burglary case can be turned into a Second Degree Crime when the individual is armed with what appears to be a deadly weapon or explosives, or the individual inflicts or threatens to inflict bodily harm on another person. A Second Degree burglary charge can result in 10+ years of prison time and $150,000 in fines. Also note that burglary can be considered a type of domestic violence depending on the circumstances.
Burglary Charge Defense
If you are facing burglary charges, you need optimum representation throughout your entire case. For the best defense, contact Schneider Freiberger, P.C. today for your free initial consultation.