Morris County NJ Burglary Lawyer
Theft Defense Attorneys Located in Morristown, New Jersey
A criminal conviction for burglary can be devastating. Regardless of the value of the property taken, a conviction for burglary can result in serious jail time. A conviction for burglary will also cause you to have a permanent criminal record. Depending on the circumstances of the offense, burglary can be considered both a theft crime and a violent crime. This means that a burglary conviction carries a stigma that can ruin your reputation and destroy your future. Do not let that happen. In order to avoid the most serious consequences of a burglary conviction, it is imperative that you contact an experienced Morris County burglary lawyer immediately.
The Tormey Law Firm is an experienced team of theft crime defense lawyers. Our managing partner, Travis J. Tormey, has handled thousands of cases in Municipal and Superior Courts around the state of New Jersey. One of our other partners, Alissa D. Hascup, is a former Morris County Assistant Prosecutor, former Special Deputy Attorney General, and former Municipal Prosecutor.
The Tormey Law Firm is dedicated to defending your rights and keeping you out of jail. Give us a call anytime at 866-949-6948, or use the online contact form to schedule a no-cost appointment. A member of our criminal defense team will be happy to answer any questions you have and provide you with an honest assessment of your case. This consultation about your case will be free, so call today.
Burglary Defense Lawyers in Denville NJ
Simply put, our credentials in Morris County are unmatched:
- Our trial team includes an former Morris County municipal prosecutor who handles all kinds of criminal cases, including simple assault, DWI, and disorderly conduct. This gives us the edge we need to help you beat your case.
- We also have a former Morris County assistant prosecutor on staff. Some of her trials included attempted murder, burglary, and distribution of 350 pounds of marijuana.
- We have an office conveniently located in Morris County, which means that we are always available for an in-person consultation.
- Our firm’s managing partner has successfully represented thousands of clients and appears in courts throughout Morris County on a daily basis. Check out his Morris County blog.
For more information or to schedule a free consultation, contact our Morris County office anytime at: 866-949-6948.
New Jersey Burglary Charges
a. Burglary defined. 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.
b. Grading. 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.
Consequences of a Burglary Conviction in New Jersey
Burglary is third degree indictable offense, which is a felony in New Jersey. Burglary cases are heard before a Superior Court judge in the county in which the alleged crime occurred. Under NJ law, a person commits burglary simply by entering a structure without permission and with the purpose of committing a crime. Prosecutors interpret the statute broadly, meaning a “structure” can mean practically anything for the purposes of a burglary charge. It can mean any building, room, ship, vessel, car, vehicle, airplane, or anyplace in which someone could stay overnight or conduct business.
The crime of burglary in New Jersey is typically classified as a third degree felony. Under NJ law, you can be sentenced to three (3) to five (5) years in NJ State Prison and fined as much as $15,000. In certain instances, the crime can be upgraded to a second degree felony. A prosecutor may charge you with second degree burglary if you purposefully, knowingly, or recklessly attempted to inflict or threatened to inflict bodily injury on anyone. You may also be charged with second degree burglary if you were armed with or displayed a deadly weapon during the alleged offense. The elevation in degree is a common occurrence because any threat of harm to an occupant of the building will be enough for a prosecutor to upgrade the charge. It is crucial that you have an experienced burglary defense lawyer on your side because a conviction for second degree burglary can result in a sentence of 10 years in NJ State Prison and a $150,000 fine.
Contact a Dover NJ Burglary Lawyer for a Free Consultation
The Tormey Law Firm’s experienced team of burglary defense lawyers has the skills and knowledge to help you today. We know how to fight burglary charges. Our top priority is always to get the charges against you dismissed. If the prosecutor has a particularly strong case, we may still be able to get the charges downgraded so that you can avoid going to jail and hopefully keep your permanent record clean of a theft crime conviction.
A member of our criminal defense team will be happy to answer any questions you have and provide you with an honest assessment of your case. If you or someone you know has been charged with burglary in Denville, Dover, Parsippany, Mount Olive, or Morristown, contact the Tormey Law Firm anytime at 866-949-6948, or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.