Shoplifting Attorneys in Gloucester Township, NJ
New Jersey Shoplifting Defense Lawyers Help Clients Fight Retail Theft Charges in Camden County, Burlington County & Gloucester County, NJ
Shoplifting is a serious crime and can become part of your permanent record. Being charged with shoplifting should not be taken lightly. If convicted of shoplifting, you face consequences that include prison, fines, restitution, probation, and community service. If you have been charged with shoplifting in Camden, Cherry Hill, Monroe, Franklin Township, Mt. Laurel, or anywhere else in NJ, contact the New Jersey shoplifting attorneys at the Law Offices of Michele Finizio immediately.
The New Jersey criminal and juvenile defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Michele Finizio have years of experience representing individuals who face shoplifting charges. Attorney Finizio and her team of New Jersey criminal defense attorneys will assess the evidence against you and develop a strategy to achieve the best possible outcome to your NJ shoplifting case.
Our New Jersey shoplifting lawyers are well respected in the criminal and municipal courts throughout the state and have a thorough knowledge of diversionary programs which are available to individuals charged with shoplifting. Michele Finizio and her team of criminal defense lawyers will advocate for individuals who are considered good candidates for such diversionary programs in order to help them avoid a permanent criminal record.
Definition of Shoplifting in NJ Criminal Code
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:20, you can be charged with shoplifting if you have:
- Removed, without purchasing, an item from a place of business.
- Concealed an item with the intent to steal that item.
- Amended, changed, or transformed a price tag or a package with the intent to steal.
Penalties for Shoplifting in New Jersey
The penalties for shoplifting vary, depending on how much the stolen item was worth. The varying degrees of shoplifting in New Jersey are:
- A disorderly persons offense is any theft worth less than $200.
- Fourth degree shoplifting is the stealing of any articles worth between $200 and $500.
- Third degree shoplifting is the stealing of any articles worth between $500 and $75,000.
- Second degree shoplifting is the stealing of property worth $75,000 or more. A conviction for second degree shoplifting carries the greatest level of fines, restitution, and prison terms.
In addition to resulting in fines, restitution, probation, and community service, shoplifting in New Jersey is punishable by incarceration of six (6) months to 10 years in prison, depending on the degree of crime for which you are convicted.
Should violence be used in any way while carrying out, or while attempting to carry out, a shoplifting offense, charges may consequently be raised from a shoplifting charge to a charge of robbery. In New Jersey, robbery is classified as a felony and can result in a more stringent sentence. Pulling away from or pushing someone who is trying to stop you from leaving the premises after committing shoplifting, or resisting arrest by a police officer, is sufficient evidence to raise a charge from shoplifting to robbery.
Having multiple convictions for shoplifting on your record can affect the penalties against you immensely. Multiple convictions can increase the penalties, so that you could wind up being sentenced to a lengthy term of incarceration for a new shoplifting conviction.
New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorneys at the Law Offices of Michele Finizio Defend Clients Against Shoplifting Charges in Medford, NJ
The New Jersey shoplifting lawyers at the Law Offices of Michele Finizio are dedicated to defending individuals charged with all types of criminal, juvenile, and municipal offenses, including shoplifting, theft, and other property crimes. Our New Jersey criminal attorneys are well-versed with regard to the New Jersey criminal judicial system and we are recognized and highly respected as skilled trial attorneys throughout South Jersey courts, including courts in Camden County, Burlington County, Gloucester County, Cumberland County, Atlantic County, Salem County, and Ocean County, NJ.
If you face shoplifting charges in NJ, you need the legal representation of an experienced criminal lawyer with a proven track record. Call our Moorestown office in the Cherry Hill area at 856-242-7300, or submit an online inquiry.