New Jersey Theft Offenses/Charges
If you or someone you know has ever been charged or convicted of a theft offense, it is important to know it will affect your life for years to come. It is important to know that we are a society that focuses on reputation. It is not hard to understand that being called a thief, whether rightly or wrongly, will be hard to remove from one’s reputation. With that said, it is important that you contact an attorney who has experience in theft cases. Your reputation now and in the future is too important to leave to chance. A conviction for a theft offense can result in a loss of employment, deportation, a criminal record and possibly jail.
At our law office we understand that a person charged with a theft offense may be going through desperate times and may be ashamed of their actions. We are sensitive to our client’s needs and we make sure they are informed. The NJ law on theft offenses breaks down as follows:
The offense you may be charged with depends on the amount alleged.
Theft including shoplifting, is a second degree offense if the amount is $75,000 or more.
If the loss is more than $500 but less than $75,000, it is a third degree crime.
If the loss is between $200 and $500, it is a fourth degree charge.
It is important to remember that these numbers are based on the total amount of everything taken. The amount is even added up when more than one person is involved.
Of course, the State must prove the charges of theft against you beyond a reasonable doubt. In order to do this, the State will usually have a witness other than the arresting officer. This person is usually a store clerk or security. The witness will also be accompanied by a video tape or some electronic evidence of the theft. At trial, the witness must be present to verify that the tape is from that day and from that place. Without the witness, the evidence and the witness to verify the evidence the State cannot prove it’s case. I have had cases dismissed for the State failing to produce a witness.
Theft offenses have defenses that a client can use. It is important to seek out an experienced attorney to help you defend your freedom and reputation. Call the Law Office of Jennifer Marshall for your initial consultation to discuss your charge.