Sometimes statutes create crimes that are hard to understand.
In New Jersey, Burglary (N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2) is one of those.
Most people think of burglary as breaking into a house and stealing property. For New Jersey’s purposes the offense is much different.
In our state, 2C:18-2 defines Burglary as entering or surreptitiously remaining in a research facility without authorization, or trespassing on utility company property with an intent to commit an offense there.
If you cause injuries to someone or are armed while committing Burglary under the statute, you’re in a world of trouble. But barring those, you’ll face a charge of Third Degree Burglary.
You run the risk of a three to five year prison sentence if convicted.
However, people who have an otherwise clean record are entitled to a presumption of non-incarceration. This means that you may avoid serving time entirely, even if you’re convicted.
Hiring A NJ Criminal Defense Attorney For Third Degree Burglary Charges
There are defenses for every criminal charge. Those who want to avoid incarceration should hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.
If you’ve been charged with Third Degree Burglary under 2C:18-2, call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation.