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Shoplifting defense attorney: New Jersey shoplifting penalties


The penalties for shoplifting and theft can be serious. At our firm of criminal defense, employment, and divorce attorneys in Bergen County strive to get the charges reduced to Borough Ordinance violations, or to have them dismissed completely. If a conviction can not be avoided, we request community service, probation, or treatment in lieu of jail time

Theft Charges Value of Merchandise Potential Jail Term Potential Fine
Disorderly Persons Offense retail value of under $200 up to 6 months up to $1,000
4th Degree retail value of between $200 and $500 up to 18 months up to $10,000
3rd Degree retail value of over $500 but less than $75,000 3 to 5 years in prison up to $15,000
2nd Degree retail value of $75,000 or more 5 to 10 years in prison up to $150,000
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