If you have been accused of committing a crime, it is essential that you retain an experienced defense attorney immediately. At Brause, Brause & Ventrice, L.L.C., our lawyers have 50 years of combined legal experience.
We defend every client vigorously in court, and we help them out of court. A robust criminal defense is necessary to help you win a dismissal, acquittal, or a reduced sentence.
Property crimes range in severity from armed robbery to shoplifting, with potential sentences which may include lengthy periods of incarceration, fines, penalties, restitution, and community service. The consequences of a criminal conviction often reach far beyond the walls of the courthouse, and may impact employment, certain types of licenses, and personal relationships. The skilled and experienced criminal defense team at Brause, Brause & Ventrice, L.L.C., will fight to protect your freedom and your future if you are facing criminal charges.Common Types of Property Crimes
Theft is a general term that refers to the unlawful taking of property from another person. Common types of theft include:
- Robbery involves taking property from another person by the use of force, threats or intimidation. It is considered a violent crime.
- Burglary is the commission of a theft or some other crime after entering a home, a building, or other structure with the intent to commit a crime.
- Theft or larceny is the taking and carrying away of the personal property of another person with the intent to deprive that person of the property permanently.
- Extortion occurs when someone obtains money or property from another person through physical or psychological coercion.
Unlike most jurisdictions, which classify crimes as felonies and misdemeanors, the New Jersey Criminal Code classifies indictable violations as “crimes” and municipal offenses as “disorderly persons offenses” or "petty disorderly persons offenses." In the State of New Jersey, a disorderly person offense carries up to six months incarceration plus fines and penalties. Indictable crimes vary in degree of severity:
- Fourth degree: Carries up to 18 months incarceration plus fines and penalties.
- Third degree: Carries three to five years incarceration plus fines and penalties.
- Second degree: Carries five to 10 years incarceration plus fines and penalties.
- First degree: Carries 10 to 20 years incarceration, and more in some cases, plus fines and penalties.
Contact the attorneys at Brause, Brause & Ventrice, L.L.C. if you have been accused of a property crime in Middlesex County or the surrounding areas. Call our Metuchen office at 732-767-0044 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.