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Middlesex County Shoplifting Defense Lawyers
If you have been charged with shoplifting anywhere in Middlesex County, NJ, the experienced criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of John F. Marshall can help you. This is particularly true if you are facing shoplifting charges in East Brunswick, Woodbridge or even an Edison shoplifting offense, as we routinely appear in these venues on theft charges. A primary reason for us doing so much work in these towns stems from the fact that we probably defend more shoplifting charges than any other firm in the state and these municipalities have the highest rates of retail theft as the homes to Woodbridge Center Mall, Menlo Park Mall and Brunswick Square Mall. And the truth is that a lot can frequently be accomplished by ours lawyer in avoiding a shoplifting conviction in these towns, as well as others in the county. This is a very important consideration when you consider the impact that a shoplifting conviction can have on your ability to obtain employment, get a mortgage, or even remain in the country if you are not a United States citizen. So give our Woodbridge or East Brunswick office a call for a free initial consultation. A member of our defense team who is skilled in defending shoplifing will be happy to give you their time and advice. We can be reached now at 732-634-0700 (Woodbridge) and at 732-227-1200 (East Brunswick).
New Jersey Shoplifting Law: N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11
In New Jersey, N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11 governs shoplifting charges and provides in pertinent part:
b. Shoplifting. Shoplifting shall consist of any one or more of the following acts:
(1) For any person purposely to take possession of, carry away, transfer or cause to be carried away or transferred, any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment with the intention of depriving the merchant of the possession, use or benefit of such merchandise or converting the same to the use of such person without paying to the merchant the full retail value thereof.
(2) For any person purposely to conceal upon his person or otherwise any merchandise offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment with the intention of depriving the merchant of the processes, use or benefit of such merchandise or converting the same to the use of such person without paying to the merchant the value thereof.
(3) For any person purposely to alter, transfer or remove any label, price tag or marking indicia of value or any other markings which aid in determining value affixed to any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment and to attempt to purchase such merchandise personally or in consort with another at less than the full retail value with the intention of depriving the merchant of all or some part of the value thereof.
(4) For any person purposely to transfer any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail merchandise establishment from the container in or on which the same shall be displayed to any other container with intent to deprive the merchant of all or some part of the retail value thereof.
(5) For any person purposely to under-ring with the intention of depriving the merchant of the full retail value thereof.
(6) For any person purposely to remove a shopping cart from the premises of a store or other retail mercantile establishment without the consent of the merchant given at the time of such removal with the intention of permanently depriving the merchant of the possession, use or benefit of such cart.
Penalties for Shoplifting
The degree of shoplifting offense an individual faces and the related penalties depends on the amount of merchandise allegedly stolen. If the full retail value of the merchandise is $75,000 or more, this is considered a second degree shoplifting offense. Also, if the offense is committed in conjunction with or in furtherance of a full retail theft enterprise and the merchandise is valued at $1,000 or more, this will also be a second-degree crime. Next, it is a third degree shoplifting offense if the full retail value of the stolen merchandise is over $500 but less than $75,000. If the merchandise is valued between $200 and $500, this is considered a fourth degree shoplifting. Finally, if the merchandise is valued at less than $200, this is a disorderly persons offense.
Shoplifting Offense Attorney in Middlesex County
Our defense team has years of experience defending shoplifting charges throughout Middlesex County, including in East Brunswick Municipal Court. And prior to dedicating their time exclusively to defense of criminal charges, most of the attorneys are our staff served as prosecutors, both at the county and local level. We put all of our knowledge and skill to work for our clients every day and are more than happy to use our resource for your benefit. An attorney can be reach anytime of day at 732-227-1200.
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