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Shoplifting Defense Lawyers, Edison New Jersey
If you were arrested and charged with shoplifting in Edison NJ, you need to take swift action to protect your interests. The reason we say this is because a conviction for shoplifting under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11 not only results in a criminal record but one that portrays you as someone who was found guilty of theft or stealing. There can be significant consequences that flow from such an outcome, including issues in employment, sustaining immigration status and obtaining financing. The best way to avoid the negative impact of a shoplifting conviction in is to retain an attorney that is highly experienced in handling these types of charges and who has considerable familiarity with Edison Municipal Court, its personnel, and the loss prevention officers from Macys, Nordstroms, and other stores that frequently appear there. This is exactly what the staff at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can provide as our lawyers have been handling cases in Edison for literally decades. A lawyer is ready to assist you immediately and initial consultations are free of charge, so do not hesitate to give us a call if you have been issued a complaint for shoplifting.
Edison NJ Shoplifting Attorneys
Shoplifting charges heard in the Edison Township Municipal Court are governed by 2C:20-11. This law sets forth five (5) varieties of shoplifting: (1) taking merchandise with the intention of depriving the merchant of the item; (2) purposely concealing goods; (3) altering or transferring a price tag; (4) transferring merchandise to a container; and (5) underringing a sale. If the prosecutor establishes that, beyond reasonable doubt, you committed one of these 5 acts, you may be convicted of the criminal offense set forth under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11.
Penalties If Convicted of Shoplifting
If a shoplifting case is being heard in Edison Municipal Court, the offense is what is commonly referred to as a disorderly persons offense. A fine of up to $1,000 may be imposed, along with mandatory court assessments and costs. A jail term that can reach six (6) months also applies and ninety (90) days is mandatory for anyone convicted of a third or subsequent offense. Ten (10) days of community must be performed for a first offense, 15 days for a second offense, and 25 days for a third offense. More serious shoplifting charges arise in Edison, which are referred to as indictable crimes (i.e. Fourth Degree, Third Degree & Second Degree), are heard at the Middlesex County Superior Court.
Edison NJ Shoplifting Lawyer
If you are found guilty of shoplifting, it can have a huge impact on your life. With sound representation this result can, however, be avoided in many cases. The Edison shoplifting defense lawyers at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall represent the largest team in Middlesex County and we have a long history of successfully defending charges (e.g. downgrade to an Ordinance Violation or dismissal) in Edison Municipal Court. A free initial consultation with a lawyer on our team is just a telephone call away.
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