Robbery, Burglary & Theft

"Robbery" is a theft that involves the use or threat of force. Because of the force involved, Robbery is considered a violent crime and is subject to the "No Early Release Act" (85% parole ineligibility). As a result prosecutors and judges are particularly hard on robbery defendants. Robbery is a second degree crime with a statutorily presumed prison sentence of 5 to 10 years. If a weapon is used or threatened, that is doubled.

"Burglary" is when someone unlawfully enters, any structure or vehicle with the intent to commit another offense (usually theft) inside. Burglary is a third degree crime. However, if bodily harm is inflicted, attempted or threatened, or if the defendant is armed, Burglary is a second degree violent crime, subject to the same presumptions and parole ineligibility as robbery.

"Theft" is the unlawful taking of property with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of that property. "Shoplifting" is simply theft or attempted theft from a merchant.

The degree of theft and shoplifting charges in New Jersey varies greatly depending upon the item stolen and its value. Shoplifting, even under $200, has additional penalties including mandatory community service and jail time.

Hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer, and former prosecutor, like Mr. Pintaro, can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. The right lawyer may be able to beat the charge entirely. Alternatively, you need someone who can reduce the more serious robbery and burglary charges to avoid the harsh sentences associated with them. Discuss your options with an experienced attorney today. Contact us.