What is the Difference Between Robbery & Burglary in New Jersey?

The terms robbery and burglary are used interchangeably in colloquial speech, however, in the eyes of the law, they are significantly different. Please continue reading and speak with our New Jersey criminal defense attorneys to learn more about the difference between robbery and burglary and how our firm can help if you’ve been charged with either. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the penalties for burglary in New Jersey?

A charge of burglary means that a person is accused of entering a structure without permission with the intent to commit a crime (in most cases, the crime is either vandalism or theft). This is a third-degree felony and punishable by up to five years in state prison.

If the person threatened to inflict bodily injury on another, did inflict bodily injury on another, or was armed with a weapon, that is burglary in the second degree. A conviction for this offense is up to 10 years in state prison

What are the penalties for robbery in New Jersey?

Robbery occurs when the individual commits an act of theft involving violence, force, or the threat of violence or force. Robbery is considered a second-degree felony if the actor is unarmed and is subject to a state prison term of up to 10 years.

First-degree robbery occurs when the actor is armed during the course of the burglary. A conviction for first-degree robbery will subject the individual to up to 20 years in state prison.

Further, if you are convicted of robbery in New Jersey, you must serve 85% of your sentence before you are eligible for parole under the No Early Release Act.

If you have any questions or you’ve been accused of robbery or burglary, our firm is here to help.

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