What Are the Consequences of Burglary in New Jersey?

Burglary offenses are serious in New Jersey. If you were charged, no matter what degree, you will need to reach out to our firm as soon as possible. With the help of one of our Bergen County criminal defense attorneys, you can feel more confident knowing that you and your future are a priority.

How does New Jersey define burglary?

Burglary is defined as unlawful breaking and entering into a structure owned by another with the intent to commit a felony or larceny while in the structure. In order to be convicted of this crime, you must be guilty of trespassing. In New Jersey, trespassing is defined as entering a structure or research facility without permission–while either committing or having the intent to commit a crime within that building. In many cases, the term “structure” can refer to rooms, buildings, ships, tents, airplanes, vehicles, or any other place adapted for sleeping or business.

Additionally, in 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. Furthermore, you can 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 burglary in New Jersey?

Burglary is considered a felony offense in many states. New Jersey considers this an indictable crime. There are four levels of indictable crimes that New Jersey recognizes, ranging from fourth-degree crimes to first-degree crimes. First-degree crimes are considered the harshest crimes. New Jersey penalties for burglary are usually treated as second-degree crimes or third-degree crimes even if they are considered first offenses.

If you are convicted of burglary, you may face the following:

  • Up to 5 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
  • Also, if you are convicted of aggravated burglary, you may face up to 10 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines.

Do not wait to reach out to a skilled Bergen County criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with burglary. No matter what, our firm is on your side. Just give us a call today.

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