New Jersey Theft and Shoplifting
When most people think of shoplifting, they think of kids. However, retail theft charges are brought against people of all ages, races, and income levels. Shoplifting can result in serious criminal charges. Depending on the value of the merchandise, you may be facing a misdemeanor or a felony charge.
At the New Jersey criminal defense firm of Aretsky Law Group, P.C., we have more than fifteen years of experience defending people charged with shoplifting in New Jersey municipal courts. Contact us to learn more about how we can minimize the damage to your reputation and your record.Discreet Defense Attorneys
A shoplifting charge can cause a great deal of embarrassment or shame, especially for people who have never had a criminal charge before and feel their standing in the community will be damaged. We provide discreet defense services. When our clients request it, we do not call them at work or at home, and we do not send mail related to their case.Minimizing the Damage
We are committed to helping people move forward with life. We work closely with our clients to understand their situation and the circumstances that led up to the shoplifting charge so that we can make a strong case in their defense, or minimize the damage.
The penalties for shoplifting and theft can be harsh (see below). We strive to get the charges reduced to Borough Ordinance violations, or to have them dismissed outright. If a conviction can’t be avoided, we seek community service, probation, or treatment rather than jail time.Contact Our Bergen County Law Offices
From our office in Ridgewood, New Jersey, we are conveniently located near you. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 800-537-4154 and dial “9” to speak to an attorney.Shoplifting Penalties in New Jersey
Value of Merchandise
Potential Jail Term
Disorderly Persons Offense
retail value of under $200
up to 6 months
up to $1,000
retail value of between $200 and $500
up to 18 months
up to $10,000
retail value of over $500 but less than $75,000
3 to 5 years in prison
up to $15,000
retail value of $75,000 or more
5 to 10 years in prison
up to $150,000
If you have been arrested for shoplifting, contact the law office of Aretsky Law Group, P.C. or call 800-537-4154.