A person can be accused of committing burglary if they go into a building intending to commit a crime therein. For a person to be convicted of burglary, the prosecution must show, and convince a jury beyond reasonable doubt, that the following occurred:
Burglary is a serious offense, although in a few situations it can be charged as a misdemeanor. Following conviction of burglary, a defendant may be looking at several penalties. In the state of New Jersey, the following are possible penalties:
Burglaries are either second or third degree crimes depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime. The most notable difference between the two grades is that a third degree burglary would be graduated to a second degree burglary if any person is hurt in the process, or if the burglar was armed at the time of unlawful entry.
For burglaries which don’t result in damage to property or personal injury, an accused person can get probation or restitution sentences. For the former, a judge places the accused on probation, which can also be given in addition to a prison sentence. For the latter, the accused is simply ordered to pay the victims for losses so that they can repair or replace anything that was ruined.
If you or someone close to you is facing burglary charges, it is essential to seek the expert guidance of professional and experienced criminal litigation lawyers. Do not hesitate to contact us at Zapicchi & Liller for the best representation and the best chance at winning a favorable outcome.
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