New Jersey Defense Lawyers for Theft, Robbery & Burglary Charges
Top-Rated Defense Lawyers Fight Theft, Robbery & Burglary Charges in Gloucester County, Camden County, and Burlington County, NJ
Theft offenses in New Jersey are divided into categories depending upon the circumstances surrounding crime. All theft crimes involve some illegal taking of another’s property (or attempts at such). Robbery and burglary charges are two specific types of New Jersey theft charges—and two of the more serious offenses.
If you have been arrested on theft, robbery or burglary charges in New Jersey, it is important to speak with an experienced defense lawyer who will take your case seriously. Hercules Law Group, LLC is composed of the very best defense lawyers in the state. With over two decades’ experience, the firm has the experience and resources needed to handle even the most complex theft cases.
Hercules Law Group, LLC stands with its clients every step of the way. New Jersey prosecutors can be relentless in pursuing convictions for theft, robbery and burglary offenses. Theft crimes are prosecuted vigorously on their own. When the use of force or illegal entering of someone’s home are involved, prosecutors dig in even deeper. You need an aggressive and experienced defense lawyer by your side to even the playing field and protect your rights.
Whether this is your first offense or you have a prior criminal history, it is never a good idea to try handling your case alone. Experienced defense lawyers understand how to use affirmative defenses to your advantage and know what strategies work in undermining the prosecution’s case. Speak with an experienced, respected theft crimes defense lawyer at Hercules Law Group, LLC today. Your first consultation is always free and completely confidential.
New Jersey Theft, Robbery & Burglary Charges
Theft crimes are classified based upon the circumstances surrounding the illegal taking of another’s property without any intention of returning it. Any crime that involves stolen property is technically a theft crime. Examples of New Jersey theft crimes Hercules Law Group, LLC handles include:
- Theft of a motor vehicle
- Theft of services
- Receiving stolen property
Two of the more serious varieties of theft charges are robbery and burglary. Robbery is a theft crime that is committed using force or threats of force. Robbery is usually prosecuted as a second-degree felony, but robbery can be elevated to a first-degree crime if the prosecution can prove one of the following:
- The defendant attempted to kill anyone in the course of committing the robbery
- The defendant was armed with a deadly weapon
- The defendant inflicts serious bodily injury
The prosecution can convict on burglary charges upon proof beyond a reasonable doubt that, with intent to commit a crime, the defendant committed any one of the following acts:
- Entered a structure (such as a home or office) that was not open to the public and to which the defendant did not have license or permission to enter
- Remained in a structure knowing that he or she did not have license or permission to be there
- Trespassed on utility company property where notices prohibiting trespassing were conspicuously posted
In most cases, burglary is a third-degree crime that can result in three to five years in state prison, along with a maximum $15,000 fine. However, burglary can be upgraded to a second-degree crime if either of the following are true:
- The defendant injured someone, whether purposefully, knowingly or recklessly, or attempts to injure someone in the course of committing (or attempting to commit) the offense
- The defendant was armed with (or displays what appears to be) an explosive or a deadly weapon
When robbery or burglary charges are classified as second-degree crimes, the potential punishment can include five to ten years in state prison. The offense will also be subject to New Jersey’s No Early Release Act, which carries a presumption of incarceration even for first offenders.
Trusted New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyers Dedicated to Getting Results for Clients Arrested on Theft, Robbery & Burglary Charges
Proving the elements of theft, robbery and burglary involves complex evidentiary considerations. The prosecution may have video surveillance footage or eyewitness testimony on their side. In other cases, they may have nothing more than circumstantial evidence that you were involved in the crime.
An experienced defense lawyer can conduct a detailed investigation to uncover any violations that might lead to that evidence being excluded from trial. The firm approaches every case as though it will litigate through trial before a judge and jury. A leading defense lawyer will build a comprehensive defense strategy that explores every aspect of your case.
Arrested on Theft, Robbery & Burglary Charges? Call an Experienced New Jersey Defense Lawyer to Explore Your Options Today
Hercules Law Group, LLC focuses on criminal defense so that you can rest assured you are getting the specialized and skilled representation you need. The firm’s attorneys will personally handle your case and will be there to answer your questions throughout the entire criminal process. The skilled lawyers at Hercules Law Group, LLC aggressively pursue the best outcome for every client.
To learn more about the firm and explore your defense options, call or contact the firm for a free initial consultation today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Theft, Robbery & Burglary Charges
It depends upon the circumstances. If your robbery or burglary charges are prosecuted as second-degree crimes (or even first-degree in the case of robbery), you need an extremely skilled lawyer on your side to have any hope of avoiding jail. Second-degree convictions carry a presumption of incarceration. In order to get probation (or admission into a diversionary program), your lawyer will have to demonstrate compelling circumstances. If the charge is a third-degree or lesser charge and this is your first offense, an experienced lawyer may be able to help you get admitted into a diversionary program.
At Hercules Law Group, LLC, the lawyers aim for not guilty verdicts, but are also committed to getting the best outcome for clients—which may mean a diversionary program in some cases.
Larceny, which is another word for theft, does not always carry jail time. Theft can be graded as a misdemeanor or felony. Whether jail is on the table will depend upon several factors, most important of which are:
– Whether this is your first offense
– The value of the items stolen
– Whether any violent acts were involved in the offense