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In New Jersey, shoplifting is the offense of intentionally taking merchandise from a store without paying for it. In addition to concealing merchandise and removing it, shoplifting includes changing the price tags on merchandise, swapping more-expensive goods with less-expensive ones, and stealing as an employee. Store employees who intentionally “under ring” the value of merchandise can also be charged with shoplifting, as can the individuals who underpay. If you have been arrested for shoplifting, you need experienced legal representation, and we strongly encourage you to speak with a New Jersey shoplifting attorney.
Similar to other types of criminal offenses in New Jersey, there is not one single act that constitutes shoplifting. New Jersey’s shoplifting statute, Section 2C:20-11 of the Code of Criminal Justice, defines all of the following as forms of illegal conduct:
Depending on the value of the items stolen, shoplifting can be charged as a disorderly persons offense or a crime of the second, third or fourth degree. The penalties for these crimes are as follows:
In most cases, shoplifting is prosecuted as a disorderly persons offense in municipal court. This means that most defendants charged with shoplifting are not entitled to present their defenses before a jury. Furthermore, in any case in which a person has concealed unpurchased merchandise on their person while in a store, they are presumed to have done so with the intent of shoplifting it. This makes defending against shoplifting charges in these cases difficult, and it makes it extremely important for individuals accused of shoplifting to hire an experienced New Jersey shoplifting attorney to represent them.
In addition to representing adults charged with shoplifting in New Jersey criminal court, we also represent minors accused of juvenile offenses. If you or your child is facing a shoplifting charge in juvenile court, our attorneys can help, and we encourage you to contact us right away.
If you are charged with shoplifting, do not take the matter lightly. A shoplifting conviction can carry many serious consequences, including significant fines, jail time, mandatory community service, the loss of your job, and a permanent criminal record. At Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A., our attorneys have over 400 years of combined experience, and we have helped many New Jersey residents resolve shoplifting charges without serious consequences. To discuss your case with a New Jersey shoplifting lawyer in confidence, call 877-435-6371 or request an appointment online now. Call Us – Problem Solved.
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