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In the State of New Jersey, getting charged with and convicted of burglary, depending on the specific circumstances, may cost you your freedom and huge financial penalties. Whether you are accused of shoplifting, or the more serious charge of burglary, a conviction will be a severe blow to your reputation. Further, a burglary conviction on your record will come back to haunt you when you try to land a job, get a loan, rent an apartment, etc.
If you or someone you know has been charged with any degree of burglary, it is extremely important that you speak with a seasoned NJ criminal defense lawyer. You need an attorney on your side — someone who not only has significant knowledge of the related laws but also a track record of successfully defending people charged with similar crimes. The attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC will fight hard to get your charges dismissed or downgraded. We are also extremely successful in negotiating alternative sentencing options, such as Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI), that will keep you out of jail. Our defense lawyers represent NJ clients in Bloomfield, West Orange, South Orange, Montclair, Newark, Westfield, Scotch Plains, Clark, Cranford, Plainfield, and Bernards Township.
There are two factors that prosecutors look for in determining whether to charge the crime of burglary: (1) if you entered or remained in a building that was not open to the public without permission from it owner and (2) you did so with the intent to commit an offense therein.
Burglary, as described above, is crime in the third or fourth degree depending on the circumstances. But during the commission of any of the above crimes you inflicted (or threatened to inflict) harm on another person, the charges will be elevated to the second degree. This is also true if you display, or are armed with, a deadly weapon.
The penalties associated with burglary convictions are as follows:
Simply threatening to harm an occupant of the building you enter (even if you have no intention of hurting the person) can turn the burglary into a second degree crime. As you can see, the potential prison terms and possible fines are much harsher for a second degree burglary charge. Don’t leave your freedom to chance. Contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer who knows NJ burglary laws and will fight for your rights.
Burglary charges are serious in New Jersey and prosecutors push for the maximum penalties allowed by law. It is critically important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side, working hard to defend you against the charges you are facing. If we cannot get the charges dismissed entirely, we will be tireless in our efforts to convince the court that your actions did not constitute a second degree crime. We will work hard to save you significant jail time and fines.
The attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC have helped countless clients get charges reduced or dismissed, including burglary charges. Our team of skilled, knowledgeable criminal defense lawyers will fight tirelessly to protect your freedom. We represent clients in Westfield, Elizabeth, Somerville, Hillsborough and across NJ. Contact us today for a free consultation.