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Theft & Property Crimes

Theft & Property Crimes

Being convicted of a property crime in the state of New Jersey can carry heavy penalties that you will have to live with for the rest of your life. Being convicted of burglary, larceny, theft, auto theft, or arson tarnishes your reputation and inconveniences you with numerous court appearances, court fines and potentially some jail time. A property crime conviction also may make it difficult to find an employer that will hire you. That is why it is critical to retain legal counsel immediately, to help you devise and implement the best defense strategy possible, and hopefully mitigate any losses caused by the crime. Property crimes generally include several offenses that fall under a general umbrella.

Burglary- Illegally entering a building with the intent of committing a crime therein. Also includes breaking and entering, whether physical (forcing a window open) or through fraud or deceit.
Larceny-Theft – As a general rule, larceny is essentially non-violent theft, achieved by any means.
Motor Vehicle Theft- When a vehicle is taken without the consent of the owner.
Arson- Intentionally setting a property on fire.

The Ramification of Theft & Property Crimes

The criminal penalties for property crimes can vary greatly in New Jersey depending on the case. There are several different factors to consider. Perhaps the most significant factor is the value of the property in question. Minor criminal charges, otherwise known as disorderly persons offenses, are heard in the municipal court where the charge was filed or where the defendant lives. Indicatable offenses are the more serious kind and are the equivalent of felonies. These offenses are heard in the county Superior Court.

The penalties for property crimes can be harsh, so it’s important for anyone accused of these crimes to quickly retain the services of a criminal defense attorney. An attorney will intervene on your behalf to deal with the authorities and immediately start building a defense in your case. If you or a family member has been arrested or charged with a property crime in New Jersey contact our firm. Learn why Wesley A. Krompier and Douglas I. Krompier are New Jersey’s leading property crimes lawyer. Call them at (732)431-9188. Or email them a brief description of your criminal problem.

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To determine the punishment of an offense, the courts look to the degree of offense charged. Some offense often have specific statutory punishment, but in New Jersey you can assume the following:

A person convicted of a petty disorderly persons offense may be ordered to pay a fine of up to $500.
A person convicted of a disorderly persons offense may be ordered to pay a fine of up to $1,000.
A person convicted of a fourth-degree offense may face up to 18 months in prison and be ordered to pay a fine of up to $10,000.
A person convicted of a third-degree offense may face 3 to 5 years in prison and be ordered to pay a fine of up to $15,000.
A person convicted of a second-degree offense may face 5 to 10 years in prison and be ordered to pay a fine of up to $150,000.
A person convicted of a first-degree offense may face 10 to 20 years in prison and be ordered to pay a fine of up to $200,000.

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