Burglary Attorney in Ocean County

Ocean County NJ Burglary Attorney

Criminal Defense Lawyers in Toms River, New Jersey

The crime of burglary deals with home invasion. The State of New Jersey and Ocean County prosecutors aggressively and severely prosecute burglary offenses. In fact, New Jersey legislators, in furtherance of anti-crime measures, have deemed burglary a Graves Act offense if a firearm was involved during the commission of the burglary or immediately thereafter. A defendant who has been convicted under the Graves Act is subject to mandatory incarceration with no parole eligibility. Additionally, the No Early Release Act (“NERA”) applies to violent crimes that include second degree burglary convictions. Under the NERA a defendant must serve 85% of the remaining sentence before being eligible for parole or early release. If you are facing second degree burglary charges in Ocean County, it is vital that you understand that an experienced criminal defense attorney has the ability to assist you in protecting your rights, navigating the court system, and working with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office to help avoid the severe penalties noted above.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of William Proetta Criminal Law dedicate their practice exclusively to defending clients for criminal and municipal court charges including burglary across New Jersey. In many cases, we have successfully secured clients’ admittance into Pre-Trial Intervention. This result carries no conviction and no incarceration upon completion. We represent clients throughout Ocean County who have been charged with Burglary including surrounding areas such as Ocean TownshipLakewoodBrickBerkeley Township, Seaside Heights, Stafford TownshipLacey TownshipPoint Pleasant Beach, and Barnegat. To speak with an experienced Ocean County burglary defense lawyer please contact our Toms River office today at (848) 238-2100 for a free initial consultation.

New Jersey Burglary Law: N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2

The New Jersey statute for burglary is provided below, in pertinent part, for your reading convenience:

§ 2C:18-2. Burglary

a. Burglary defined. A person is guilty of burglary if, with purpose to commit an offense therein 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; or

(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.

As demonstrated in the above statute, the crime of burglary is committed the very instant that a defendant enters a structure with intent to commit a crime inside. Therefore, a defendant need not actually commit a crime once inside the building in order for a burglary to have been committed. This controverts the popular misconception that a theft must occur in order for a burglary to be committed.

“Structure” for purpose of Burglary – House, Commercial or Office Building, Car, Truck, or even a Boat

Degrees and Penalties for NJ Burglary Offenses

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. See below for the degrees, acts, and penalties associated with New Jersey burglary offenses:

Third Degree BurglaryEnters a building with intent to commit a crime inside3 – 5 years in prison
Second Degree BurglarySomeone is injured during burglary or armed defendant5 – 10 years in prison; presumption of mandatory incarceration

Contact a Lakewood NJ Burglary Lawyer for Answers about Your Case

The defending of burglary cases requires skill and experience, as they are often very technical and complicated. Founding attorney, William Proetta, Esq. has handled thousands of criminal and municipal court charges during his career, including many burglary cases. We represent clients charged with burglary throughout Ocean County and New Jersey including JacksonWaretownForked RiverManahawkinBeachwoodBayvillePlumsted Township, and Manchester. If you would like to discuss your case with an experienced Ocean County burglary defense lawyer then please contact our conveniently located Toms River office at (848) 238-2100 for a free initial consultation.