New Jersey is the toughest States for 1st time
Although, some states like California may have tougher
sentencing provisions for third time shoplifting offenders,
New Jersey has taken the approach of implementing tough
sentences for 1st time offenders in hopes of preventing a
second or third arrest. If you plead or are found guilty to
any shoplifting charge in New Jersey either in municipal or
superior court you will be subject to the following penalties:
1. You will have a criminal record: A Criminal record may
prevent you from finding employment, seeking financial aid,
buying a house, renting an apartment, or even traveling outside
2. You may go to Jail even for the first offense: (no matter
how small a sum you shoplift the judge can order you to go to jail
even for a first offense statistics show that 1% of the population of
the U.S. has been in jail)
3. You will have to pay Fines and Court Costs.
4. You may be sentenced to a term of probation for any
shoplifting charge: If sentenced to probation you will have to
submit to random drug and urine testing and can be prohibited
from traveling outside the state or country.
5. You will be required to give a DNA sample: For shoplifting
charges over $200.00 heard in the Superiorl Court if convicted,
you will be required to pay for and provide a DNA sample, which
will be kept on file for use by law enforcement.
6. You must pay restitution: if the court finds the victim (store)
who has suffered a loss. (example the clothing was damaged by
removing a tag you will have to pay the full retail value of the item
not the sale price)
7. You may lose your job: If you are a public employee of a
government agency, school teacher,office holder or licensed
professional such as a nurse, doctor or lawyer, you can be
required to forfeit your job or professional license.
8. If you are an immigrant or visitor you may be jailed or
deported: If you are not a United States citizen or national, you
may be jailed and deported by virtue of your plea of guilty.
10. You may be sued by the store: You can be sued by the
store for the stores cost of defending the shoplifting case. (this
can be as little as $150.00 or up to several thousand dollars)
11. You will be required to do Community Service.
12. Additional penalties are commonly ordered by the
Judge: some common orders include: You are not to shop at a
certain store, you are not to shop at any malls, etc.
13. Increased Insurance Costs: for homeowners, apartment,
life insurance and car insurance for the rest of your life with many
insurance companies refusing to insure you due to the fact that
you are considered a "poor moral hazard." The increased cost for
insurance over the next 5 years can easily pay for the cost of
representation many times over.
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