The Law: What Constitutes Shoplifting in NJ: The Punishments and
Definition in New Jersey
The Punishment for a conviction of shoplifting in the State of New
Jersey is listed below.
The punishment is based on the value (price) of the
merchandise taken. Please note that even if the value of the merchandise is only
$1.00 you can still be charged with Shoplifting and will be subject to a penalty of
up to 180 days in jail.  

Value of Merchandise is less than $200.00:
Disorderly Persons Offense
Up to 180 days in Jail plus fine of up to $1000.00, plus community service as indicated
below.  Case will generally be heard in Municipal Court with a Judge Trial.  No Jury is available.
These are the penalties for a first offense.
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offenders.  If a second offense, same penalties as above but add additional community service
time as indicated below.

Value of Merchandise is between $200.00 and up to $500.00:
4th Degree Crime
Up to 18 Months in Jail plus fine of up to $10,000.00 plus community service as  
indicated below. Case will be heard in Superior Court with a Judge or Jury Trial.  
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learn about additional penalties for all offenders.  If a second offense, same penalties as above
but add additional community service time as indicated below.

Value of Merchandise is more than $500.00, but less than $75,000.00:
3rd Degree Crime
Shoplifting constitutes a crime of the third degree if the full retail value of the merchandise
exceeds $500 but is less than  $75,000, or the offense is committed in furtherance of or in
conjunction with an organized retail theft enterprise and the full retail value of the merchandise is
less than $1,000.  

3 to 5 years in Jail plus fine of up to $15,000.00 or double the amount taken whichever
is greater
, plus community service as indicated below.  Click here to learn about additional
penalties for all offenders.  Case will be heard in Superior Court with a Judge or Jury Trial.  If a
second offense, same penalties as above but add additional community service time as indicated
below.

Value of Merchandise is more than $1000 if committed by two or
more people or $75,000 if committed by one person:
2nd Degree Crime
Shoplifting constitutes a crime of the second degree if the full retail value of the merchandise is  
$75,000 or more, or the offense is committed in furtherance of or in conjunction with an
organized retail theft enterprise and the full retail value of the merchandise is $1,000 or more.  
An organized retail theft enterprise is considered to be any association of two or more persons
who engage in the conduct of or are associated for the purpose of effectuating the transfer or
sale of shoplifted merchandise (i.e. organized retail theft enterprise means two people working
together to steal merchandise and later sell it)

5 to 10 years in Jail plus fine of up to $150,000 or double the amount taken whichever
is greater
, plus community service as indicated below.  Case will be heard in Superior
Court with a Judge or Jury Trial.  If a second offense, same penalties as above but add additional
community service time as indicated below.

Additional Punishment for all shoplifting offenses: Community Service Required:  In
addition to the penalties noted above, any person convicted of a shoplifting offense shall be
sentenced to perform community service as follows:  for a first offense, at least ten days of
community service; for a second offense, at least 15 days of community service; and for a third
or subsequent offense, a maximum of 25 days of community service.

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What is Shoplifting:  Shoplifting is simply the unlawful taking of an item
without paying for the item:  It can be done by concealing an item, damaging an
item, making the item appear to be your own, or by simply leaving the store and
passing the last point of sale without paying for an item.  
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