New Jersey is the
toughest State for
Shoplifters and
Theft Offenders:
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 or theft charge in
New Jersey either in
municipal or superior court
you will be subject to the 12
consequences and
penalties listed to the right -
no exceptions.  Thus the
reason to hire the best
lawyer you can find to have
the best chance of avoiding
these penalties.   Attorney
Aalsberg has a 98%*
Success rate of helping his
clients win, reduce or
eliminate these penalties.   
Call our office now to learn
in a free in office
consultation, how he can
help you 1-800-9-RIGHTS
1.  You will have a criminal record of conviction:  If
you are reading this website you probably have already
been arrested by the police and have a criminal record of
arrest.  Don't let this matter get worse and get a criminal
record of conviction.  A criminal record of conviction for
shoplifting or theft  may prevent you from finding
employment, seeking financial aid, buying a house, renting
an apartment or traveling outside the U.S.
2.  You may go to jail even for a first offense: Yes it
is true even first time shoplifting or theft offenders can go to
jail even for a dollar store item.  Jail for a first time offender is
rare for amounts under $200.00 taken but can happen.  A
good shoplifting lawyer can lessen this chance.  Obviously
your prior record, age, amount stolen, type of product stolen
and how the item was shoplifted will be factors the judge will
consider.  A judge will be more lenient on a person who stole
food and has a low income versus a person stealing
designer clothes, makeup, jewelry or perfume.
3.  You will have to pay Fines and Court Costs: The
more you steal the more you pay.  For cases with less than
more than $200.00 but less than $500.00 stolen you will pay
up to $10,000 For amounts taken over $500.00 but less than
$75,000 you will pay a fine of up to $15,000.00 or double the
amount taken whichever is greater.
5.  You must pay restitution:  If the court finds the (store)
has suffered a loss (example the clothing was damaged by
removing the tag you will have to pay the full retail value of the
item not the sale price)
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 country.
6.  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 NJ or the United States
9.  You may be sued by the store in civil court:  NJ
Law allows the store (victim) to sue you in civil court for the
stores reasonable cost in defending the shoplifting case (this
can be as little as $150.00 or up to several thousand dollars)
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, school teacher, doctor or lawyer,
you could be required to forfeit your job or professional license
as a result of a shoplifting or theft conviction
8.  If you are not a U.S. Citizen you may be jailed
and deported if you are found guilty of shoplifting.
10.  You will be required to do Community Service.  
For a first offense shoplifting conviction you must do 10 days
community service for 2nd or subsequent convictions it is up
to the judge to determine the amount of time.  
11.  You will be subject to increased insurance
 Most insurance companies will raise your rates
for car insurance, homeowners insurance, life insurance etc.
12.  The Judge has the power to order additional
penalties not listed:
 Some common penalties imposed by
judges for shoplifting and theft offenders include but are not
limited to ordering you not to visit a mall or store, ordering you
to wear an electronic monitoring device for a set period of time.
With over 25 years of experience Defending
Shoplifters in the State of NJ, the law offices of
Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg, Esq., P.C., can
offer you time proven defense techniques to
maximize the chances of winning your case.  
Although no attorney by law can guarantee or
predict a future result of a case, our managing
attorney: H. Scott Aalsberg has a 98% success
rate of winning, reducing or eliminating the
penalties associated with a shoplifting or theft
charge.  Since our firm was founded over
twenty years ago we have helped over 11,000
clients.  Let our experienced and time proven
defenses help you.  
A proper defense for a Shoplifting or Theft
charge takes time, and just as if you had a heart
attack you would not wait to go to the hospital,
nor should you wait to hire the best lawyer.  
Every hour and every day you wait, the harder it
will get to obtain a successful result.  Call now
and set up a free in office consultation with one
of our experienced shoplifting or theft lawyers.  
The consultation is free but the results could be
Since all shoplifting and theft charges in NJ result in a
criminal record, we can only offer in office consultations
and not phone consultations to assure your privacy as
the government does monitor and sometimes records
all phones conversations.  We do not want to give up
the best chance of winning your case and this requires
the privacy of our communications in person.
Important Information for People Charged
with Shoplifting or Theft in New Jersey:
Put  NJ Shoplifting and Theft
Charge Lawyer
H. Scott Aalsberg's 98%  
Success Rate of Winning,
Reducing or Eliminating the
Penalties to work for you!  
Call 1-800-9-RIGHTS
Serving All of NJ
*98% Success Rate is based on the past shoplifting and theft cases and is not a guarantee of future results.  Associate attorneys from the firm do have lower success rates. Past performance is not
indicative of future results.  NJ Shoplifting Lawyer H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. has been selected as a Member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers for s
even consecutive years 2014, 15 , 16, 17,
18, 19, 20. 2021 and as a Top Criminal Defense Attorney by AVVO Attorney Rating Service.  To Learn About the selection process
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Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg, Esq. is included on the list of the
Top 10 Attorneys by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys 2015-2021
No Aspect of the Awards/Accolades mentioned herein has been approved by the Supreme Court of NJ
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The 12 Consequences of a Shoplifting Conviction or Theft Offense
Conviction in New Jersey Most People Don't Realize they are subject
to until it is too Late:
The 4 Biggest Mistakes To Avoid Making When Choosing a Shoplifting or Theft Defense Lawyer:
1) Not hiring the Best Shoplifting Lawyer to protect  your rights and reputation.  You future job, and income will depend on the results.
2) Hiring a lawyer based on price and not on success rate.  Price is important but if you don't win, get your charges downgraded or reduced and you get convicted
of shoplifting, you wasted any money spent.  Just like you would not hire the cheapest surgeon, you should not hire a lawyer simply because he is cheaper.
3) Hiring a lawyer simply because he/she is close to your home.  You need the best shoplifting lawyer not the closest - take the time and travel.
4) Not hiring a shoplifting lawyer soon enough to protect your rights.  It's simple the more time your shoplifting lawyer has to work on your case the
better the result!  Don't sit home and think about who to hire do your research today, make the decision today, thinking about what to do may only
make your outcome worse as it will give your attorney less time to work on your case.