Criminal Lawyer Helps Those Facing Shoplifting (N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11) Charges
In New Jersey, Shoplifting (N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11) is defined not only as stealing merchandise from a retail establishment, but also concealing merchandise on your person with the intent of depriving the store of the value of the merchandise, swapping labels or price tags in order to deprive the store of the value of the merchandise, as well as for a store employee to knowingly under-ring items so as to deprive the store of the value of the item.
Shoplifting charges will be graded according to the value of the goods taken, from a disorderly persons offense (less than $200 in value), to a fourth degree crime ($200-$500), to a third degree crime ($500-$75,000), to a second degree crime ($75,000 or more).
These charges can translate to sentences of six months for a disorderly persons offense, 18 months at the fourth degree level, 3-5 years at the third degree level, and 5-10 years at the second degree level.
Obviously, these are significant charges that have to be addressed seriously. Matthew Reisig has more than 17 years of experience defending clients in New Jersey against charges like Shoplifting.
If you or a family member are facing shoplifting charges, call 732-625-9661 for a free consultation today.