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.
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.
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.
If sentenced to probation you will have to submit to random drug and urine testing and can be prohibited from traveling outside the country.
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)
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
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
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)
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.
Most insurance companies will raise your rates for car insurance, homeowners insurance, life insurance etc.
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.
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
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 priceless.