Frequently Asked Questions about Shoplifting and Theft in NJ
Can I travel outside the United States If I have been
convicted of a shoplifting or theft charge?
 The answer in many
cases is no. Many countries such as Canada, Mexico, and some European
and Asian countries do not allow a person convicted or charged with
shoplifting to enter.  If you are not a United States Citizen or legal resident
you may not be allowed re- entry to the United States, be arrested at the
border/airport and sent to an ICE facility while you await your status hearing.

Can I be denied a job due to a shoplifting or theft arrest?
Answer: Yes, Although by law an employer cannot tell you they are not hiring
you because of your shoplifting or theft arrest they can still see it on the
public records and use it against you.  You can explain an arrest as "the
police got the wrong guy" but how will you ever explain a conviction, that is
why you must fight your shoplifting or theft charge even if your guilty as the
results will be with you for the rest of your life.  

How does my employer know or find out if I got a
shoplifting or theft charge?
   In general arrests are recorded by
private information companies and you or your employer will have to pay to
see this information.  All persons convicted of criminal offenses including
shoplifting and theft charges can be viewed for free on the State of NJ

Furthermore your arrests for Shoplifting or Theft is noted on your criminal
record and is considered a public record that anyone can view including your
employer, friends, neighbors or even your family.

I was told that if I have my shoplifting or theft record
expunged in five years that my conviction can't be seen or
used against me?
Answer: Wrong your conviction for shoplifting or theft
can still be used against you and even still be published on the web or in
other private databases.  Today most employers because of expungments
use private criminal databases to check an employee's criminal background
and these private databases do not have to delete your criminal history.    

What if I told the police or admitted to the store that "I did
it" can I still have a lawyer represent me and win my case:  
Answer: Yes.  Nearly half of our clients admit to the store or the police that
they have shoplifted or stole an item.  No matter what you have told the store
or the police we can still help you win or reduce your shoplifting or theft
offense.  You still have rights.  just remember your Miranda warnings, but
they are limited.

Can one of your shoplifting / theft lawyers help me if I have
court tomorrow?
Answer: Yes.  But, do not expect the same result as
you probably would have gotten had our attorney had more time to prepare
your case.  It is not advisable to wait until the last minute to hire a lawyer for
any criminal case and shoplifting or theft is no different. But, even if you have
waited we could still help you to improve the result!  Every hour and every
minute is important and some courts only give you a few days to hire a
lawyer before mandating your appearance in court. This is because
shoplifting and theft offenses are considered serious violations and are
generally given top priority on the courts calendar.  Due to this fact in most
cases we can give you a same day appointment. The consultation is free
our normal business hours, and special appointments can be arranged
on nights, weekends, and even holidays for $1
50.00-$400.00 depending on
the day and time.  One half of this fee however
can be applied to your
retainer fee if you hire one of our shoplifting or theft lawyers.   

How much will it cost for representation for a Shoplifting or
Theft Charge?
The answer is: it depends! It could be a few thousand, it
could be much more; it will depend on the lawyer you choose, the amount of
time your case needs and the results that you want, whether you were
arrested or simply notified of a pending charge and lastly, whether your case
will be set for trial in superior or municipal court.  Our Office offers both set
fees and hourly fees.  The question is how much will it cost you if you do not
hire the right shoplifting lawyer and go to jail or get convicted.  The results of
your case will be felt for the rest of your life in the jobs you qualify for, the
apartments you may need to rent and even the places you wish to travel to.  
That is why its important to get the best possible result for your shoplifting or
theft charge today because the sooner we start on your case the more we
can do to help!
WARNING: A lot of information found on the web about Shoplifting or Theft is
wrong.  In many cases the information you will find is either written by a website
developer (not a lawyer) or is simply out of date.  All information contained herein
was written by Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg, Esq.

When You Need the Best Shoplifting / Theft Defense
G-10 Brier Hill Court, East Brunswick, N.J. 08816
1028 Route #23 North, Wayne, N.J. 07470
1-800-9-RIGHTS or (732) 257-5040
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98%  Success Rate of Winning,
Reducing, or Eliminating the Penalties
The Most Frequently Asked Question by our Clients: Can the Lawyer tell me
when we meet that he can "Win" my Shoplifting Case?
 The answer is No.  "Can you win
my case" is the most frequent question every shoplifting lawyer is asked.  The law is very clear on what
the attorney must tell you.  A Lawyer by law cannot tell you the result of your case prior to it being
determined by the court.  It is illegal, and morally improper for a lawyer to tell you that he will win your
case prior to going to court, and the judge making his or her decision.   However, you can ask a lawyer
what is his success rate.  Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg, Esq., has a 98% success rate of winning, reducing
or eliminating the penalties a New Jersey Shoplifting Charge can carry.  Although each shoplifting case is
different, and by law an attorney is prohibited from telling you that he will win your case, our success rate
of 98% simply speaks for itself.  
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. has been Selected as one of the Top 100 Trial lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers, Ranked as one of the Top Ten Trial Lawyers by the
National Academy of Criminal Law Attorneys and is rated a Top Criminal lawyer with a 10/10 score from AVVO Attorney rating service.  Your best defense to get the
best result is to hire the best shoplifting lawyer.  *98% Success Rate is based on past cases and is not indicative of future results.               Copyright 2021 HSA PC
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