New Jersey is known for its shopping. Across the state, there a multitude of malls, shopping centers, and commercial roads filled with single stores. Shopping malls shaped the suburban landscape of the state after World War II. There are over 60 malls and the number continues to grow with the population. Accordingly, shoplifting continues to be a major problem. It is still a very common offense across the state. Often times, people steal out of desperation and forget that most stores watch a customer’s every move. Though some people are caught because of an alarm, other are watched as they take an item and walk out of the front doors. While some act in desperation, others act for the thrill of it all. Whatever the case, they are facing serious consequences. If you are facing shoplifting charges, you have a lot to consider. You should contact an attorney to review your case and walk you through your options. If you need quality legal representation because of a shoplifting charge, contact The Mark Law Firm, LLC.
Generally speaking, a first offense shoplifting charge with items less than $200 is a disorderly person’s offense, more commonly known as a misdemeanor in other states. Shoplifting cases are heard in the local municipal court where the offense took place. Even though shoplifting may involve theft, the potential of theft, or the attempted theft of a myriad of items with varying value, most shoplifting charges come with similar consequences. A first offense of simple shoplifting usually comes with fines, the potential of 6 months in jail, and a lifetime ban from the store. Most cases will conclude with a probationary period associated with a shoplifting conviction. The higher the value, the higher the consequences.
In some cases, other factors lead to an escalating offense, such as theft or robbery. If the charge involves the pushing or touching of a security guard, you may face a second-degree crime of robbery. The consequences can be severe and there is potential for incarceration. It is important to contact an attorney to assess your case and work to downgrade the charges back to simple shoplifting.
The Mark Law Firm, LLC has years of experiences defending clients who face shoplifting charges. If you need an attorney to effectively represent your interests, contact our firm today. Our attorneys will review your situation, guide you through options, and passionately advocate on your behalf. If you face escalated charges, you need an attorney committed to exploring all legal defenses to downgrade the offense. Though you may face a simple shoplifting charge, it can impact your life and livelihood. Contact The Mark Law Firm, LLC today.