Passaic County NJ Burglary Defense Attorney
Burglary Defense Lawyer with Offices in Paterson, New Jersey
Skilled criminal defense attorney Alissa D. Hascup represents clients throughout Paterson New Jersey who have been charged with property offenses, including but not limited to burglary, robbery, and trespassing in Paterson, Clifton, Wayne, Passaic, Haledon, North Haledon, and Prospect Park.
Ms. Hascup has successfully handled thousands of cases in New Jersey, in Superior Court (indictable/felony level offenses) and Municipal Court (disorderly persons/misdemeanor level offenses). Ms. Hascup is a former Morris County Assistant Prosecutor and Special Deputy Attorney General who handled a host of domestic violence cases, ranging from homicide (murder) to robbery, during the course of her career.
Being charged with a crime in the State of New Jersey because of a domestic violence or other related incident can have a serious impact on your life. Having an experienced, aggressive defense lawyer will ensure that you put yourself in a position to achieve the best possible result.
Alissa D. Hascup is available anytime for a free initial consultation. Contact us now at 862-257-1200.
Burglary in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2
Burglary is codified under N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, which provides:
a. A person is guilty of burglary if, with purpose to commit an offense therein or thereon he:
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 was 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.
Burglary is a crime of the third degree, except that it is a crime of the second degree if in the course of committing the offense the actor:
1. Purposely, knowingly or recklessly inflicts, attempts to inflict or threatens to inflict bodily injury on anyone; or
2. Is armed with or displays what appear to be explosives or a deadly weapon.
A crime of the second degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Burglary in the second degree is an enumerated crime under the No Early Release Act (“NERA”), meaning that 85% of the sentence imposed must be served before becoming eligible for parole.
A crime of the third degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Contact a Paterson NJ Burglary Attorney for Immediate Assistance
The consequences of a Burglary conviction (in either degree) can be serious and severe. Alissa D. Hascup is a knowledgeable attorney who can work to limit your exposure by attempting to negotiate an alternate result on your behalf. For instance, recent amendments to the Drug Court statute now permit entry of individuals convicted of Burglary in the second degree into the Drug Court Program. Successful completion of the Drug Court Program could mean avoiding a jail term altogether.
Should you find yourself in a situation where you or a loved one have been charged with Burglary, call or email criminal defense lawyer Alissa D. Hascup for help.