Pennsylvania and New Jersey Burglary Defense Lawyers

Burglary charges are serious and can lead to long-lasting negative consequences in all areas of your life, including employment, housing, finances, and relationships.  If you or a loved one has been arrested on burglary charges, it is not in your best interests to attempt to defend your own case against the relentless questioning of a highly trained prosecuting attorney.  To put the odds in your favor, it is critical that you take immediate action to retain an experienced burglary defense attorney to represent you in court.

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Young, Marr & Associates: Burglary Defense Lawyers

At Young, Marr & Associates, our team of criminal defense litigation experts is fully prepared to provide you with the best burglary defense lawyer available.  We have represented individuals facing a wide array of burglary charges and related arrest charges for crimes that fall under state burglary laws, including felony theft, juvenile burglary, and other offenses.  Our veteran team of burglary attorneys offers decades experience handling more than 10,000 criminal cases.

As former prosecutors, we have a balanced and in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system.  In addition to our experience as prosecutors, which allows us to anticipate the types of arguments that will be levied against you in court, we also enjoy long-standing professional relationships with local police departments, prosecutors, and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The attorneys at Young, Marr and Associates pledge to treat your situation under the premise that, regardless of the charges against you, your case deserves to be compassionately and respectfully evaluated with the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.  Call (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania today.

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Burglary Defined

Oftentimes, people make the assumption that burglary is no different from theft or robbery.  However, from a legal standpoint, this is inaccurate.  Burglary is its own specific offense separate from theft or robbery.  So what constitutes burglary?

Under both New Jersey and Pennsylvania law, the element of entering and/or unlawfully remaining within a building, with the intent to commit a crime while inside, has to be present.  Without a building, there’s no burglary.  It should be noted that the building in question may be a home, apartment, office building, restaurant, museum, research facility, or any other type of structure.  However, the precise details for how burglary is treated in New Jersey as opposed to in Pennsylvania vary slightly.

Burglary Penalties in New Jersey

Burglary penalties in New Jersey are addressed by 2C:18-2.  Under 2C:18-2, burglary is normally a 3rd Degree indictable crime.  However, burglary becomes a 2nd Degree indictable crime when either:

  1. The burglar injures or attempts to injure another person in the course of the burglary.
  2. Is armed with a weapon, or what appears to be a weapon, including explosives.

In New Jersey, a 3rd Degree crime is punishable by up to five years, and a maximum fine of $15,000.  Where injury or weapons become involved, a 2nd Degree crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, as well as an incredibly steep fine of $150,000.  That could be entire years of income — and a full decade of incarceration.

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Burglary Penalties in Pennsylvania

Burglary penalties in Pennsylvania are addressed by 18 Pa.C.S. § 3502.  In Pennsylvania, a burglary is typically a 1st Degree Felony, which is an extremely serious charge.  If the structure entered was empty for the night and no people were present (e.g. an office building closed for the evening with no security guards present), burglary is a 2nd Degree Felony.

The Pennsylvania penalties for a 2nd Degree Felony include a maximum of 10 years in prison, and $25,000 in fines.  If the burglary conviction is classified as a 1st Degree Felony, the punishments become even harsher: a maximum of 20 years in prison, and $25,000 in fines.

As the penalties make abundantly clear, a burglary conviction can have permanent negative effects on your finances, your freedom, and your reputation.  If you have been accused of committing burglary in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, contact the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates immediately.  You can also call us at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania.

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Commonwealth v. Houser (DUI case)

Client was charged with three separate DUI cases calling for mandatory minimum imprisonment of 90 days on each case. Client was advised to seek immediate intensive alcohol counseling. Client was sentenced to 1 year of house arrest after serving 3 days in the county prison.

CASE DISMISSED

Commonwealth v. Cohen (Felony drug/Firearms case)

Client was charged with felony Delivery of drugs and illegal gun possession and was facing a mandatory 3-6 year prison sentence in the State prison system. Client was sentenced to one year of house arrest.

CASE DISMISSED

Commonwealth v. Santiago

Client was charged with simple assault, domestic. After a hearing where evidence and testimony was presented, the entire case was dismissed by Judge Leonard Brown.

CASE DISMISSED

State of New Jersey v. Henderson

Charges for young man charged with second degree aggravated assault were downgraded to third degree and he was accepted into the County Pretrial Intervention program with charges to be dismissed and record expunged after one year of misconduct free behavior.

OUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE TEAM INCLUDES TWO FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEYS

We have decades of experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors, and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Anyone facing charges involving a criminal offense can expect to experience a heightened degree of emotional turmoil, for themselves, as well as their family members. Our team of highly qualified criminal law attorneys and expert legal support staff are committed to providing each of our client’s with the compassion and understanding they deserve, as well as an aggressive plan for representation at an affordable price.

As former prosecutors, we have a balanced and in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system and how the prosecution prepares cases. In addition, we have long-standing experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

At Young, Marr and Associates, when we say “experience matters,” we mean it. Our lawyers, which include two former prosecutors and a former senior deputy district attorney bring more than three decades of criminal law experience, handling more than 10,000 criminal cases. It is precisely that experience that allows us to achieve outstanding results for our clients facing DUI, traffic, felony and misdemeanor charges in state, federal and juvenile courts.