Shoplifting is common. Many of us have walked out of a store and later realized we forgot to pay for an item. Because shoplifting is so common, many people assume that it is not a serious offense. However, shoplifting intentionally is a serious crime and the consequences can be far more costly than the sum of the stolen goods. Read on to learn more about shoplifting charges in New Jersey.
What is shoplifting?
Shoplifting is a broad term, but generally, shoplifting constitutes purposely concealing or taking any merchandise sold by a store, or purposely altering, transferring, or removing a price tag in order to purchase the merchandise for less.
What are the consequences of shoplifting in New Jersey?
When it comes to shoplifting, the higher the value of the items stolen from the store, the higher the penalties will be. Additionally, your penalties may depend upon prior charges. The penalties you may face for shoplifting in New Jersey include:
- Shoplifting merchandise with a total combined value of $200-$500 is a crime of the 4th degree and it comes with 18 months in jail and fines up to $10,000.
- Shoplifting merchandise valued between $500 and $75,000 is a 3rd-degree charge and comes with jail time of 3-5 years and fines not exceeding $15,000.
- Shoplifting merchandise valued over $75,000 is a crime of the second degree and comes with jail time of 5-10 years and fines not exceeding $150,000.
What do I do if I am facing shoplifting charges?
If you are facing charges for shoplifting in New Jersey, you will need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. As you can see above, the consequences of shoplifting can be serious. Luckily, a skilled attorney may be able to have your charges reduced or even dropped, depending on the situation.
If you are facing shoplifting charges in New Jersey, our firm will advocate for you. Reach out as soon as possible. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin building your case.
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