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New Jersey Shoplifting Attorney

Shoplifting Charges Defense Lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ Helps Clients Fight Retail Theft Charges in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Throughout NJ

Perhaps because shoplifting is such a common offense, many people arrested on shoplifting charges fail to take the situation seriously. Shoplifting often happens because of emotional compulsion, on a whim, or simply for the rush. Most defendants accused of shoplifting are not particularly familiar with the laws governing the offense. Even if you have no prior record, you need a strong New Jersey shoplifting attorney in your corner to fight for the best outcome.

The seasoned New Jersey shoplifting attorney at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio aims to have your case dismissed or win an acquittal. The firm’s shoplifting charges defense lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ understands that defendants accused of shoplifting are typically just people who have made mistakes. You can expect compassion, respect, and a serious defense when you choose The Law Offices of Michele Finizio to handle your shoplifting defense.

New Jersey courts have begun to take shoplifting and theft offenses much more seriously. If you or a loved one were accused of shoplifting, getting the best possible New Jersey shoplifting attorney is important—because you could be facing serious felony charges for what might seem like a minor mistake.  What might have led to a slap on the wrist in prior years can now result in steep penalties and even jail? 

The Law Offices of Michele Finizio will prepare a thorough defense on your behalf and stand by your side every step of the way. To learn more, contact us today for a free case review with an experienced New Jersey Shoplifting Attorney.

Facing A Criminal Charge And Have Questions? We Can Help. Contact The Law Offices of Michele Finizio Today At 856-888-9059 Or Fill Our Our Convenient Online Contact Form For A Free Consultation About Your Case.

New Jersey Shoplifting Law: N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11

New Jersey Shoplifting Attorney

In prosecuting a New Jersey shoplifting charge, the value of the allegedly stolen property is important. Small differences in valuation can make the difference between prosecution for a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor) or an indictable crime (felony). Shoplifting in New Jersey is graded based on the following scale:

  • Stolen property valued at under $200: a disorderly persons offense punishable by up to six months in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine
  • Stolen property valued between $200 and $500: a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine
  • Stolen property valued between $500 and $75,000: a third-degree felony punishable by between three and five years in prison and a maximum $15,000 fine
  • Stolen property valued at $75,000 or more: a second-degree felony punishable by between five and ten years in prison and a maximum $150,000 fine

Regardless of the severity of your charges, The Law Offices of Michele Finizio will take your case seriously. The firm believes that the stakes are high for anyone who is accused of a crime—even those crimes that are relatively less serious than others. 

With a strong New Jersey Shoplifting Attorney by your side, many first offenders are not put in jail for shoplifting unless the stolen goods were extremely valuable. Community service may be mandatory—and if you are convicted three or more times, a mandatory minimum 90-day jail sentence will be required regardless of the value of the stolen goods.

The attorneys at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio are prepared to go to bat on your behalf today. If you were arrested on shoplifting charges in New Jersey, call as soon as possible to speak with an experienced New Jersey shoplifting attorney.

Situations Where Shoplifting Charges Might Apply

It is important to understand that the law does not actually require a completed theft for the prosecution to charge you with shoplifting. Shoplifting charges can stick under a variety of circumstances where you never even removed the merchandise from the store, including:

  • Concealing merchandise
  • Altering, removing, or changing a price tag to purchase the merchandise for less than its fair value
  • Transferring merchandise between containers to avoid paying fair value
  • Under-ringing merchandise
  • Removing a shopping cart from the store premises

In order to establish shoplifting under any of these scenarios, the prosecution is required to show that you purposely intended to take the property without paying full value. An experienced New Jersey shoplifting attorney can question the prosecution’s ability to establish the requisite intent. Your shoplifting charges defense lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ can also argue that your past (crime-free) history makes conviction and jail inappropriate.


I can honestly say that I am 100% satisfied with the outcome of my case. Michael handled my case very well. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs help with any court issues.

Lelany J.


Very realistic and professional. Great with communication and prompt with follow ups. Flexible with availability, responds to both texts and phone calls. I was very happy with the service I received.

Jerilyn N.


Michele is an amazing attorney. She goes above and beyond to help. She answers her phone at all times of the day and is eager to get you the answers and give you the advice and representation you need. Don’t hesitate to use her services!!!!

J. L.

Speak with an Experienced New Jersey Shoplifting Defense Lawyers Today

At a minimum, your freedom and your finances are at stake if you have been accused of shoplifting. A shoplifting conviction can also make it much more difficult to find employment, remembering that many employers might find it difficult to trust someone who has stolen in the past.

The Law Offices of Michele Finizio is available to defend your shoplifting charges in Cherry Hill and across New Jersey. If you have questions about the charges you are facing, schedule a free initial consultation as soon as possible. The firm’s New Jersey shoplifting attorney has answers. Call or contact the firm today to schedule your free case review. The Law Offices of Michele Finizio offers competitive pricing and accepts all major credit cards if you choose to retain the firm’s services. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Shoplifting Charges in New Jersey

How can the prosecution prove that I intended to shoplift if I never left the store with any property? 

The prosecution is not required to prove that you took the property off the store premises. It is sufficient if the prosecution can prove that you intended to do so. Intent to deprive the merchant of full retail value for merchandise can be shown by the circumstances. For example, if you concealed the property on your person or put it in a purse, that evidence can be used to show intent even if you did not leave the store and may have changed your mind.

How is the value of the property determined in a shoplifting case? 

Independent, fair market valuations are usually not required. In most shoplifting cases, the value of the property is either marked by the merchant or indicated within the store controls. The value of all stolen items is added together to determine how harsh the punishment might be. In other words, even if all the stolen goods are valued at under $200, if the total value exceeds $200, you can be charged with a felony.

Can someone be convicted of a crime for possessing devices that would make it more difficult for stores to detect shoplifting? 

Yes. Devices that demagnetize anti-shoplifting devices or change barcodes do exist. Possessing one of these items in a store is a disorderly persons offense (punishable by six months in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine).

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"I am extremely grateful for the exceptional legal services provided by my lawyer (Michele Finizio) in handling my charges. Their expertise and dedication played a pivotal role in achieving positive outcomes for my case. Very Grateful.”
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