Burglary Charges in New Jersey
If you were alleged to have entered a “structure” when you weren’t allowed to and with the intent to commit another offense, you may find yourself charged with burglary. Burglary applies even if you didn’t enter the structure but remained in it until a time you were no longer authorized to be there.
A “structure” refers to many places, such as:
- Hotel rooms
An important thing to note is that you need not have broken into the structure to be charged with burglary. Prosecutors must only prove that you entered or remained in a structure when you were not allowed to be there. Burglary charges do not require the prosecution to show that you successfully stole something from the structure, but that you entered or remained in the structure with the intent to commit another offense (theft or otherwise). One or more of these elements may be disproved by our attorneys in order to defend you. The only way to know the best course of action is to meet with our attorneys for your free consultation.
Potential Outcomes in a Burglary Case
Depending on the circumstances of the crime, a burglary conviction may mean decades in state prison. Lesser burglary offenses may result in a disorderly persons offense, which could carry the potential for jail time in the county jail and fines.
Your charges may be more serious if they include home invasion. The charges may also be impacted by whether the police say you were in possession of a firearm or explosives at the time of the burglary, and whether you are alleged to have inflicted, or tried to inflict, bodily harm to someone once inside the structure.
The experienced defense lawyers at Clark & Noonan, LLC can handle all of these circumstances and others. Whether you are a first-time offender or have a criminal record, we are ready to stand at your side and defend you aggressively. Each case is unique, but oftentimes defending a burglary case may involve one or more of the following:
- Challenging the evidence
- Pursuing a dismissal of the charges
- Negotiating a plea offer to avoid jail time
- Preparing your case for trial
When you choose our law firm, you are choosing seasoned criminal defense lawyers who can pursue any path to resolution necessary. As trial lawyers, we are fully prepared to take your case to trial if that is what it takes to fight for the best outcome for you.
If you have been charged with burglary in New Jersey and if you are wondering what steps to take next, please call Clark & Noonan, LLC at 732-333-3011 for a free consultation. We are proud to defend people from Newark, Jersey City and across the state who have been charged with burglary.