There are many scenarios that can result in a burglary charge in Woodbridge Township. A N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2 offense can arise out of any unprivileged (i.e. unauthorized) entry into a car, house, school or other structure. This charge is often referred to as breaking and entering. The Woodbridge police view burglary as a very serious offense as it not only involves an invasion into someones property but also has the potential to escalate into violent encounters. It is imperative that you obtain the services of a qualified defense lawyer if you were arrested for this violation. At our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, we possess one of the most experienced and qualified criminal teams in the state. With multiple former prosecutors and over 100 years in practice collectively, our Woodbridge Firm is a great option for representation. Call us to discuss your case at 732-634-0700. You have nothing to lose as the initial consultation with one of our attorneys is free.
Burglary Charge in Woodbridge
Burglary arises out of N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2 and can result in a second degree or third degree crime depending on the underlying facts. What this means is that your charge will have to be referred to the Middlesex County Superior Court as that is the only place where indictable felony crimes may be decided. You may be convicted of burglary under 2C:18-2 if you enter a structure without a license or privilege to do so for the purpose of committing a criminal offense. Burglary is a second degree crime if, during the course of the offense, you attempt or threaten to inflict injury injury to someone, are armed, or you display something that is considered a deadly weapon. If one of these circumstances does not apply, burglary is a third degree crime.
Penalties If Convicted Of a Woodbridge Burglary
If you are convicted of a burglary in Woodbridge Township, you will have a felony record. Second degree burglary carries a presumption of incarceration which means there is an extremely high probability of being sent to state prison if you are convicted. The period of imprisonment is between 5-10 years, and this grade of burglary is ineligible for Pretrial Intervention (“PTI”). Burglary in the third degree results in up to 5 years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000. An individual charged with a third degree violation in accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2 is also eligible for PTI.
Woodbridge NJ Burglary Lawyer
The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office tends to take a hard line with burglary charges. It is not uncommon to encounter blanket resistance to a downgrade. This is a primary reason for making sure that you select a knowledgeable attorney with a history of success at the County Courthouse in New Brunswick. The lawyers at our firm have this stature and can provide the skilled representation you need to achieve the best possible result. Call us anytime of day or night to help you with bail or to discuss yours case.