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Defense Attorneys for Theft Charges in Bergen County, New Jersey

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Shoplifting is a criminal offense in New Jersey and can be punishable as a felony or a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor) depending on the amount of the alleged theft. In addition, shoplifting is considered a “crime of moral turpitude” which can cause serious immigrations issues for defendants who are not citizens of the United States. Travis J. Tormey is an experienced shoplifting defense attorney who has handled countless shoplifting cases in Bergen County and throughout New Jersey. In fact, Mr. Tormey was featured in the Daily Record in Morris County regarding several shoplifting cases he handled and the immigration consequences and penalties involved. If you or a loved one has been charged with shoplifting in Paramus, Hackensack, MahwahLodi, or elsewhere in Bergen County, contact The Tormey Law Firm anytime at (201)-330-4979 for immediate assistance. This consultation is provided free of charge. You can also contact us online to arrange a free consultation with a skilled NJ shoplifting defense lawyer.

Understanding Shoplifting Charges in New Jersey from a Legal Standpoint

New Jersey Shoplifting Offenses in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11

Shoplifting offenses in New Jersey are governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11, which provides, in pertinent part:

§ 2C:20-11. Shoplifting

b. Shoplifting. Shoplifting shall consist of any one or more of the following acts:

(1) For any person purposely to take possession of, carry away, transfer or cause to be carried away or transferred, any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment with the intention of depriving the merchant of the possession, use or benefit of such merchandise or converting the same to the use of such person without paying to the merchant the full retail value thereof.

(2) For any person purposely to conceal upon his person or otherwise any merchandise offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment with the intention of depriving the merchant of the processes, use or benefit of such merchandise or converting the same to the use of such person without paying to the merchant the value thereof.

(3) For any person purposely to alter, transfer or remove any label, price tag or marking indicia of value or any other markings which aid in determining value affixed to any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment and to attempt to purchase such merchandise personally or in consort with another at less than the full retail value with the intention of depriving the merchant of all or some part of the value thereof.

(4) For any person purposely to transfer any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail merchandise establishment from the container in or on which the same shall be displayed to any other container with intent to deprive the merchant of all or some part of the retail value thereof.

(5) For any person purposely to under-ring with the intention of depriving the merchant of the full retail value thereof.

(6) For any person purposely to remove a shopping cart from the premises of a store or other retail mercantile establishment without the consent of the merchant given at the time of such removal with the intention of permanently depriving the merchant of the possession, use or benefit of such cart.

Penalties for Shoplifting in New Jersey

Shoplifting in New Jersey can be an indictable criminal offense or a disorderly persons offense, depending on the amount of the alleged theft. If the amount of the alleged theft is $200.00 or less, the case will be handled in the municipal court in the municipality in which the alleged offense occurred. If the amount of the alleged theft is between $200.00 and $500.00, this is a fourth degree indictable criminal offense in New Jersey, which is punishable by up to 18 months in state prison. If the amount of the alleged theft is between $500.00 and $75,000.00, this is a third degree shoplifting offense in New Jersey, punishable by up to five (5) years in state prison. Finally, if the amount of the theft is greater than $75,000.00, this is a second degree shoplifting offense in New Jersey, punishable by up to ten (10) years in state prison.

Defending a Shoplifting Case in NJ

There are a number of defenses our criminal defense lawyers use to beat shoplifting cases in New Jersey including:

Consult a Hackensack Shoplifting Defense Attorney Today

Shoplifting can have serious consequences if you are convicted. If you’ve been charged with shoplifting in Bergen County, New Jersey, do not wait to contact The Tormey Law Firm at (201)-330-4979 for a free consultation with an experienced attorney who can help you formulate the best defense.

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