Pennsylvania Burglary Defense Lawyers

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) 257-4019 in New Jersey or (215) 372-8667 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) 257-4019 in New Jersey or (215) 372-8667 in Pennsylvania.

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