I often meet with people who have been charged with a burglary and the first thing they’ll say to me is: well, I went into that house but I did not go into that house with the intent to steal anything. Unfortunately, in New Jersey, that does not make you any less guilty of a burglary. In New Jersey, a burglary is entering somewhere where you are not licensed or privileged to be with the intent to commit a crime once you are inside. What that crime is does not make any difference. It does not have to be a crime to steal. It could be a crime to assault somebody, it could be any number of things as long as there was an intent to commit some crime when you went into a place where you were not supposed to be.
Just because you were found in a place that you were not supposed to be ultimately doesn’t mean that it was a burglary. It could mean that it was a trespass, it could mean that it was something else, it could mean that it was nothing, but it’s important to find an attorney who can explore these different options with you before going to court.
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a criminal trial attorney, Jason A. Volet focuses his practice exclusively on criminal and municipal defense in New Jersey and New York. He earned his B.A. in political science from Rutgers College in 1995 and his J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law in 1998. Mr. Volet began his career in the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, where he gained extensive experience prosecuting both juvenile and adult offenders. Now, as a criminal defense attorney, he uses that experience to fight for the rights of individuals who have been charged with a crime.