Criminal Attorney For Theft Of Services (N.J.S.A. 2C:20-8)
Theft of Services (N.J.S.A. 2C:20-8) in New Jersey is a fairly broad statute that criminalizes a number of acts that involve obtaining services, which can include public utilities, cable television or internet access, or even things like hotel accommodations or rental cars, without an intent to pay the provider for the services.
Many of the acts are charged as disorderly persons offenses, which can carry a six month jail sentence and a fine of up to $1,000, but others are graded as indictable offenses.
Specifically, diverting another’s utility services to your own without authorization, or connecting to another person’s gas, water, or electric meter, is a disorderly persons offense.
Connecting to another person’s cable television, or manufacturing or distributing decoding devices or software, is also a disorderly persons offense.
Theft of Services from a telephone company is a more significant matter, and charges of deceiving a telephone company in order to receive unlawful services is graded as Third Degree Crime, carrying a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a $15,000 fine.
This is true of telecommunications services like Internet access as well, and any conviction will also result in restitution payments and other fees and fines.
If you’ve been charged with Theft of Services at any level in New Jersey, get experienced help right away.
These cases are not always as easy to prove as the prosecution wants you to believe, and any evidence against you is subject to challenge by your own defense team.
Call attorney Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 to speak to an experienced New Jersey Theft of Services defense attorney for free.