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What You Should Know About Burglary

Here at the Law Office of Zapicchi & Liller LLP, we practice many areas of law, from real estate to DUI/DWI charges. We also handle criminal law, protecting the rights of people in Monmouth County, NJ, and the surrounding area. Our criminal law expertise covers more than a dozen areas, ranging from identity theft to furnishing alcohol to a minor. Today we’re going to talk about yet another area of criminal law we cover: burglary. 

What is burglary?

You probably have a vague idea of how to answer that question, but there is a precise answer you may not know. Although laws vary somewhat from state to state, there are several nationwide facets that constitute burglary:

A Structure

Without a structure to burglarize, you can’t have a burglary. But what’s a structure? 

The legal definition of “structure” has expanded in recent years to include temporary and mobile dwellings like tents and trailer homes, as well as campsites.  

An Illegal Entry

This refers to being inside the structure without permission or legal right, regardless of whether that structure was a private or public building. This can also apply in cases where entrance was legal but intent was criminal, such as entering a store in order to shoplift. And physical entry can take many forms: standing outside the building and reaching inside with a tool, for example. 

Force

When you think of forcible entry, you might picture someone breaking a window or prying an opening with a crowbar. In reality, actions as simple as turning a doorknob are legally considered forcible. This rule is also met in cases of shoplifting, when entering is legal but the intent is not.

Intent

Pop quiz: If you enter a building intending to steal, but then change your mind, have you committed a crime? The correct answer is YES. A person’s frame of mind is the fourth and final criterion of burglary. 

Consequences

In NJ, burglary can lead to a prison term of 3 to 5 years. Fines of up to $15,000 are also possible. 

With stakes that high, it’s vital to choose an experienced and reputable law firm. If you or someone you know is facing charges of burglary in or near Hamilton Township NJ, you need criminal lawyers who will fight tirelessly on your behalf.  

Let Zapicchi & Liller defend your rights. Contact them today.  

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Speeding Violations

You’re driving down the highway, moving along with traffic, going about your day as usual and suddenly you drive past a police officer sitting in the median. You check your speed — 10 over. You can feel it. You’re going to get a ticket. Sure enough, the officer pulls out, puts on his lights, and pulls you over. You’ve just gotten yourself a ticket. 

Don’t feel bad though, we’ve all been there, and we will all probably be there again, but sometimes, it feels like the ticket that you were written, the fine you got, or the points that you got on your license were unjust for the situation you were in. Maybe you had to go to the hospital, or you were just in a rush to get to work. Whatever the reason, you want to fight it, and lucky for you, we are your traffic lawyer, whether you’re in Burlington County, NJ, or the surrounding area.

We help people fight traffic and speeding violations all the time, and we will fight vehemently to get your charges reduced and points off your license. How do we do this? In this blog, we will cover how anyone can go through the legal process of fighting a speeding ticket in the state of New Jersey.

Plead Not Guilty

First things first, you need to plead not guilty. Pleading not guilty is your way of saying to the state that you believe you were charged unfairly, inaccurately, or unlawfully. Many municipalities have their own rules or time periods set up as to when you can or cannot file an appeal to a ticket, so make sure to read the fine print on your ticket before you attempt to plead not guilty

The Next Steps

After pleading not guilty, there will be two more steps before you know whether or not your plea has helped your case at all. These steps are:

  • Meeting with the Prosecutor

When you meet with the prosecutor, you will (generally) be able to make a deal that will amend the charge to have a reduced fine, reduction of points, or, sometimes, both. 

  • Appearing Before the Judge

To finalize the deal that was made between you and the prosecutor, you will have to appear before a judge for him to finalize and approve the plea deals that were settled upon by both parties. 

Hire a Traffic Lawyer

Getting to a point where a judge will accept your plea deal can be difficult. Setting a deal with a prosecutor is the most critical step, and this is where a traffic lawyer in Mercer County, NJ can help. 

At The Law Office of Zapicchi & Liller LLP, we help individuals fight speeding tickets and traffic violations regularly, assisting them in getting lower fines and reduced points. Ready to team up with the toughest traffic lawyers in New Jersey? Call us today at 609-318-3990.