If you are someone facing theft charges in the state of New Jersey, you most likely have several questions about what you are up against. To learn more, read on and speak with our experienced attorneys about how we can help you in the weeks or months going forward.
How does New Jersey define the term “theft”?
New Jersey has very strict laws to punish those convicted of theft. Theft is used to describe generally nonviolent crimes where one individual deprives another of his or her property. Some examples of theft charges in New York can include, extortion, shoplifting, or theft by deception.
What are the penalties for a theft-related charge in New Jersey?
The penalties for theft-related charges in New Jersey are as follows:
- Theft (Disorderly Persons Offense): Up to 6 months in jail and potential fines
- Fourth Degree Theft (for property stolen worth more $200, though less than $500): Up to 18 months in jail, $10,000 fine, or double the amount of the victim’s loss
- Third Degree Theft (for property stolen worth more than $500, though less than $75,000): Up to 5 years in prison, $15,000 fine, or double the amount of the victim’s loss
- Second Degree Theft (for property stolen worth $75,000 or more, extortion, or theft of more than 1 kilogram or more of a controlled substance): Up to 10 years in prison, a potential $150,000 fine, or double the amount of the victim’s loss
How does New Jersey define robbery?
Robbery is, in a sense, a form of theft, however, it involves the use of violence or at least the threat of violence against another party. If someone mugs an individual at gunpoint, that would be considered a robbery.
What happens if I am convicted of a robbery charge?
Since robbery involves the use of violence, consequences of a conviction may be even more severe than a nonviolent theft crime. They are as follows:
- Robbery in the Second Degree: Generally, you will earn 5-10 years in prison–make no mistake. You will need an attorney to fight these charges.
- Robbery in the First Degree: Robbery in the first degree is when a person, while committing a theft, either attempts to kill another person or inflict serious bodily injury upon them, commits or threatens to commit a crime of the first or second degree, or is armed with and threatens to use a weapon. For first degree robbery, you may face between up to 20 years in prison.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
Thomas DeMarco & Associates, LLC is an experienced Camden County criminal defense law firm located in Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey. We understand how potentially damaging a criminal can be, which is why we pride ourselves in our willingness to fight for our client’s rights. Our firm handles all criminal matters and is ready to provide you with our knowledgeable legal counsel. Do not hesitate to contact our firm to discuss your legal situation.