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Charged With Burglary in Middletown Township

Burglary is a charge that is filed in Middletown quite a bit every year. You may have also heard of this offense being referred to as breaking and entering. Irrespective of the label you place on the violation, however, the penalties are significant under N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2 (“Burglary”). You will absolutely have an indictable felony record, face thousands of dollars in potential fines and can even be sent to state prison for years. The lawyers at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can help you avoid ramifications like these as Monmouth County’s largest criminal firm. Our team includes former prosecutors from the immediate area and group of eight defense attorneys that possess over a century of experience between them. To speak to an attorney with the knowledge and skill you need, contact our Middletown Office at 732-615-0039 for a free consultation.

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What You Need To Know If You Were Arrested In Middletown For Burglary

As previously stated, N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2 is the statute that addresses the charge of burglary under NJ Law.  An individual is guilty of burglary if, with the purpose to commit a separate offense, he or she:

(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;

(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; or

(3) Trespasses in or upon utility company property where public notice prohibiting trespass is given by conspicuous posting, or fencing or other enclosure manifestly designed to exclude intruders.

A violation of any of these subsections results in an indictable crime that can only be dealt with at the Monmouth County Superior Court. You will also note that the Typically, the offense will be a third degree crime exposing the accused to a $15,000 fine and a state prison term of up to five (5) years. Where the burglary involves a threat or infliction of bodily, or the defendant enters a house or other location while armed, this offense escalates to a second degree crime. If you were arrested for second degree burglary you face must more severe penalties including five (5) to ten (10) years of incarceration and fines of up to $150,000.  Additionally, the No Early Release Act (“NERA”) applies in this instance. What this means is that you must serve at least eighty-five (85) percent of whatever jail term is imposed before you can be considered for parole if you are convicted of the second degree variety of burglary.

Burglary Attorney in Middletown New Jersey

Whether it was a car, house or other structure, a finding of guilt for burglary clearly results in serious consequences. This is the chief reason for hiring an attorney with the savvy necessary to secure a favorable outcome in your case. Our New Jersey Criminal Lawyers have handled countless break in cases in Middletown and elsewhere. You are encouraged to contact our office at 732-615-0039 to speak to an attorney about your burglary charge. The consultation is free.