Bergen County Shoplifting Lawyers
Bergen County, New Jersey is well known for its shopping centers and lavish malls. It is home to the Garden State Plaza, Riverside Mall, the Outlets at Bergen Town Center and Paramus Park Mall. With malls like that, it should be no surprise to hear that Bergen County, as a whole, issues some of the most shoplifting charges in all of New Jersey. Year in and year out Bergen County is at the top of the charts when it comes to charging individuals with shoplifting. Shoplifting is a rather complex offense, as an individual could be facing a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor) shoplifting charge or they could be facing a second, third or fourth degree felony shoplifting charge. As you will see below, the difference between a second degree felony and a disorderly persons offense could be the difference between an individual be sentenced to probation at worst to up to a decade behind bars. The penalties that an individual faces if convicted of shoplifting in New Jersey are rather significant, irrespective of the degree. Those penalties can include not only incarceration and high fines but it could even initiate deportation proceedings as well.
If you have been charged with shoplifting in Bergen County, the Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver can help. Our attorneys have been representing clients accused of shoplifting in courts throughout Bergen County, including courts like the Bergen County Superior Court, the Paramus Municipal Court, the Hackensack Municipal Court, the Edgewater Municipal Court, the Lodi Municipal Court and the East Rutherford Municipal Court. If you would like to come into our Hackensack office and speak to one of our experienced Bergen County shoplifting defense attorneys then please contact us directly at (732) 856-9959. As always, our initial consultations are free of costs. So if you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us. Now here is a list of some of the Municipal Courts that we frequent appear in Bergen County and the different types of charges that we are routinely defending clients on.
Charged with Shoplifting in Bergen County?
The offense of shoplifting is governed by NJSA 2C:20-11b in New Jersey. As touched upon above, shoplifting can be either a disorderly persons offense or a second, third or fourth degree felony offense in New Jersey. If you have been charged with shoplifting any amount of merchandise worth more than $200 then your case will most likely be handled by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and you will be required to appear in Bergen County Superior Court. For your reading convenience we have listed a breakdown of the different degrees of shoplifting and the corresponding amounts of money.
- The value of the items were over $75,000
- The value of the items were greater than $500 but less than $75,000
- The value of the items were greater than $200 but less than $500
- The value of the items were less than $200.
Do I Need to Hire an Attorney for Shoplifting?
Being charged with shoplifting or any other offense for that matter, can be nerve wracking. However, hiring the right attorney, one that not only knows the offense but the ins and outs of the court as well, can make a tremendous difference. Our attorneys have been defending clients accused of shoplifting for almost a decade now. We have dealt with the security personnel from stores like Macy’s, Sephora, Home Depot, Apple, Lord & Taylor and JCPenny on countless occasions. If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys about your options then please contact us as (732) 856-9959.
Bergen County Courts we most frequent:
- Bergen County Superior Court
- The Paramus Municipal Court
- The Hackensack Municipal Court
- The Edgewater Municipal Court
- The East Rutherford Municipal Court
- The Fort Lee Municipal Court
Shoplifting Attorneys in Paramus NJ
The attorneys at Proetta & Oliver have a tremendous amount of experience representing clients accused of shoplifting in Bergen County. We have a long track record of success when it comes to defending clients accused of shoplifting. Cumulatively, we have handled probably over a thousand different shoplifting charges over the years. If you would like to speak to one of our attorneys about your options then please contact us directly at (732) 856-9959. These charges carry with them rather significant consequences if convicted. Do not take these charges lightly.