Burlington County NJ Burglary Lawyer
Criminal Defense Attorneys Assisting Clients throughout South New Jersey
What is burglary? Believe it or not, the answer is more complex than one might assume. In New Jersey, burglary is often confused with trespassing and other theft crimes. Although the nature of these offenses is similar, the specific requirements for each charge are distinct. Under New Jersey law, trespassing simply means that a person enters or remains in a structure where he or she is not permitted to be. Whether the property is private, locked or gated, or signage indicates that a person should not be there, disregarding such indications is considered trespassing. On the other hand, theft in New Jersey requires the unlawful taking, through various means, of money or property that does not belong to you. A theft crime means that you actually obtain something with the purpose of depriving its owner of it. This can refer to any number of things, including a prescription pad or blank, credit cards, checks, a motor vehicle, jewelry or other items, or even a person’s identity. As for burglary, these charges exists where trespassing and theft intersect. In other words, when a person enters or remains in a structure with the intent to commit a theft, he or she commits burglary. It is important to note that the actor need not actually commit theft, but simply have the intention to do so, to be charged with burglary under New Jersey law.
Criminal defense attorney Leonard Biddison has been zealously advocating for individuals accused of burglary and other criminal offenses in Southern New Jersey for over two decades. With a his passion for protecting the rights of his clients and a breadth of knowledge and experience in criminal law, Mr. Biddison has achieved countless successes in courts throughout Burlington County, including those in Willingboro, Mount Laurel, Mounty Holly, and Lumberton. In fact, he was recently honored with inclusion among the 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys in New Jersey by the American Jurist Institute. When Mr. Biddison takes your case, you enter into a dynamic attorney-client relationship, as he walks you through the entire legal process and fights for the best possible outcome. To discuss your case with Mr. Biddison today, contact his offices at 856-245-5240 for a cost-free consultation.
Burglary Lawyer in Willingboro NJ
The New Jersey Criminal Code outlines burglary offenses in section N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, stating the following:
a. A person is guilty of burglary if, with purpose to commit an offense therein or thereon he:
(1) Enters a research facility, structure, or a separately secured or occupied portion thereof unless the structure was at the time open to the public or the actor is licensed or privileged to enter;
(2) Surreptitiously remains in a research facility, structure, or a separately secured or occupied portion thereof knowing that he is not licensed or privileged to do so; or
(3) Trespasses in or upon utility company property where public notice prohibiting trespass is given by conspicuous posting, or fencing or other enclosure manifestly designed to exclude intruders.
Grading of Burglary Charges in New Jersey
Burglary is a crime of the second degree if in the course of committing the offense, the actor:
(1) Purposely, knowingly or recklessly inflicts, attempts to inflict or threatens to inflict bodily injury on anyone; or
(2) Is armed with or displays what appear to be explosives or a deadly weapon.
Otherwise burglary is a crime of the third degree. An act shall be deemed “in the course of committing” an offense if it occurs in an attempt to commit an offense or in immediate flight after the attempt or commission.
Burglary Penalties in New Jersey
Burglary can be classified as a second or third degree crime, depending on the circumstances of the specific case. Typical burglary offenses are considered third degree crimes, which are punishable by a New Jersey State Prison term ranging from 3 to 5 years. However, burglary is enhanced to a second degree crime, which may result in a 5 to 10-year term of incarceration if the actor injures or attempts to injure anyone, or is armed with a weapon.
Contact our Evesham NJ Burglary Attorneys for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love has been charged with burglary in Burlington County or elsewhere in South Jersey, you need an aggressive and highly knowledgeable lawyer on your side. Contact the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison at 856-245-5240 for additional information and a cost-free consultation.