As a base charge, Burglary in New Jersey (N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2) is a Third Degree Crime carrying a penalty of three to five years in state prison.
The elements of the charge can be based on several factors, such as the allegation that you entered a structure like a home or business without permission, with the intent of committing another crime.
You can also be charged if you surreptitiously remained in a structure like a home or business without permission.
Trespassing on Utility Company property can also be charged as Third Degree Burglary.
If you are armed or threaten to harm anyone in the course of the burglary, the charge becomes a Second Degree Crime, carrying a penalty of up to ten years in prison.
Burglary is an incredibly serious charge in New Jersey, and conviction can leave you with a permanent felony record that will limit your options for the rest of your life.
An experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney can help protect you against burglary charges.
Call attorney Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey burglary defense attorney.