New Jersey Shoplifting Lawyer
Shoplifting charges are prevalent throughout New Jersey and it is one of the only crimes that can involve defendants from all ages, backgrounds, demographics and economic situations. Our website focuses exclusively on shoplifting charges and related crimes in New Jersey, ways to successfully defend a shoplifting charge, and resources of defendants facing shoplifting charges. The shoplifting attorneys at Proetta & Oliver have represented and successfully defended hundreds of clients charged with shoplifting offenses over the years ranging from second degree retail theft organization to shoplifting disorderly persons offenses involving less than $200 in alleged stolen merchandise.
The extraordinary high number of shoplifting arrests in New Jersey each year is primarily due to the fact that New Jersey has some of the highest household earnings in the country and is the most densely populated state. That combination contributes to an abnormally large amount of shopping centers and malls in a close proximity, which in turn equates to thousands and thousands of shoplifting offenses throughout each year.
What Makes People Shoplift?
When most people think about shoplifting offenses they picture a homeless person trying to steal products to survive or sell for profit. However, that just is not the case – most of our clients are actually well off and living very comfortable lives. This begs the question then why do people shoplift? Well there can be many legitimate reasons – some people just do it for the rush to see if they can get away with it, plain and simple. However, with many others there can be real mental health issues that surface in the form of shoplifting. This can include people who suffer from a form of compulsive behavior, stress, depression and even postpartum depression. Unfortunately, the New Jersey court system often times does not recognize these legitimate issues because it is geared more towards punishment rather than rehabilitation or helping the individual. This can sometimes perpetuate the problem and cause a nasty cycle where, before you know it, you can wind up with a criminal record or even sentenced to mandatory jail. This is where an experienced shoplifting attorney can sometimes help the most – by not only working with the prosecutor, but also the client to resolve your case so that it does not result in a criminal conviction and addressing any issues that might exist in order to stop criminal charges in the future. To learn more about how we can help you, contact our office today at (732) 856-9959 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our shoplifting defense lawyers.Learn More