Shoplifting, otherwise known as petty theft, is one of the commonest crimes committed in this country, often by juveniles. Depending on the value of the goods stolen, previous convictions, and other facts surrounding the alleged crime, it may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. If you or someone you know has been charged with shoplifting, it is crucial that you contact me as at my criminal defense firm.
As an East Brunswick theft crime attorney, I can review and evaluate your case and begin working on a defense strategy to minimize the negative consequences of shoplifting charges. Give the Law Offices of Ryan E. Gilbert, LLC a call today at (866) 760-6430.
Shoplifting charges are categorized according to the value of goods stolen. A fourth degree shoplifting charge is usually charged for goods stolen with a value between $200 and $500 and may be charged as a felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison and fines of up to $10,000. This charge may be reduced to a misdemeanor if the accused does not have prior convictions.
Misdemeanor shoplifting usually involves stealing merchandise valued at less than $200 and is charged as a disorderly persons offense. This type of shoplifting charge may be punishable by fines, restitution, up to six months in jail, community service, probation, and even a driver's license suspension. If you are convicted, you will have a criminal record which can have an adverse effect on job and educational opportunities in the future.
To avoid the negative penalties that a shoplifting conviction can have on your life right now and your future down the road, contact an East Brunswick criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Throughout the course of my legal practice, I have successfully represented a number of clients against charges of shoplifting on different degrees. Together, we can work to build a case for your defense that increases your chance for a positive outcome.
Turn to the Law Offices of Ryan E. Gilbert, LLC in your time of trouble and let me be your advocate. Call (866) 760-6430!