Theft Defense Lawyer in Monmouth County
Handling Shoplifting Cases Stemming From Local Malls and Stores
Shoplifting is a serious crime that may result in numerous consequences, as well as establishing a permanent criminal record. Whether a juvenile or adult is charged, it is essential to seek out criminal defense representation from an experienced attorney.
At the Law Office of Joy Anderson, LLC, our lawyer, Joy Anderson, has criminal defense experience that she applies when handling shoplifting cases. She worked or approximately two years as a per diem- juvenile trial attorney and about eight years as a pool attorney for the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender and is extremely familiar with the local criminal justice system.
What Is Considered Shoplifting?
The below instances are just a few examples of what is considered shoplifting in New Jersey:
- Taking merchandise and intending to pay less than the full price to the merchant
- Hiding merchandise on you or in something you are carrying with the intention of not paying for it
- Removing or altering any price tags with the intention of paying less than full price to the merchant
- Under-ringing an item with the intention of paying less than full price to the merchant
Whether you are a store patron or employee who is accused of shoplifting, our firm can help you understand your rights and fight to see that the charges are dismissed, reduced or argued in court whenever necessary.
Possible Shoplifting Consequences
The type of consequences you may be facing for a conviction on a shoplifting charge depends on the value of the item taken.
- Retail value of less than $200: Disorderly persons offense; up to six months in jail; monetary fine up to $1,000
- Retail value of $200-$500: Fourth degree; up to 18 months in jail; monetary fine up to $10,000
- Retail value of over $500 but less than $75,000: Third degree; three to five years in jail; monetary fine up to $15,000
- Retail value of over $75,000: Second degree; five to 10 years in jail; monetary fine up to $150,000
Contact an Eatontown, Monmouth County Shoplifting Lawyer Today
If you have been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting, petty theft or retail theft, or already have been charged, do not wait to get in touch with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Contact us to learn more about how we can defend your rights in a shoplifting case. Our office is conveniently located on Main Street, adjoining the Eatontown Municipal County Complex. We offer appointments during our regular office hours, and evening and weekend appointments are available upon special request.