Union City is the second biggest city in Hudson County behind Jersey City and, following suit, has the second highest criminal arrests. Union City has a large police force that aggressively patrols the streets and makes numerous arrests for burglary every year. If you have been arrested for burglary or a related crime of Theft, Criminal Mischief or Receiving Stolen Property in Union City it is important to hire an experienced criminal attorney. In past cases, we have secured our clients downgraded charges, admittance into Pre-Trial Intervention, resulting in no conviction and no incarceration. If you would like to speak with an experienced burglary lawyer please contact our Jersey City office today at (201) 793-8018 for a free initial consultation.
The New Jersey Burglary Statute under N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2 requires that you merely trespass into a building or structure with the purpose to commit a crime once inside. Therefore, the statute is much broader than most people realize and means you can be charged with burglary for a whole array of different circumstances. For instance, we have represented clients charged with burglary because they entered an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend’s apartment and broke a piece of furniture. Another example of burglary would be if you see a wallet siting on a car seat and reach into the open window and remove it. Typically, burglary is a third degree indictable crime that is punishable by 3 – 5 years in state prison. However, burglary can be upgraded to a second degree crime if you are armed with a weapon when you enter the building or if a victim is injured during the commission of the burglary. Burglary charges are serious but they can also be complicated and hard to prove. An experienced criminal attorney can often challenge the State’s case against you to secure a downgrade or even a dismissal altogether. To learn more about how we may be able to help you, contact our office today for a free consultation.