Mercer County NJ Shoplifting Lawyer
If you are summonsed to appear in court in Mercer County, New Jersey to answer for a shoplifting charge, the attorneys at Proetta & Oliver can help. Shoplifting offenses are very serious crimes in New Jersey. An individual convicted of shoplifting will be facing not only jail time but high fines, community service, court ordered therapy, probation and even deportation proceedings if applicable. More often than not an individual charged with shoplifting is being summonsed to appear in court for the first time in their lives. Some shoplifting charges stem form a split second lapse in judgement. As such, the attorneys at Proetta & Oliver are dedicated to making sure that a simple mistake does not end up costing an individual their future.
If you have been charged with shoplifting, burglary, trespassing, possession of burglary tools or receiving stolen property in Mercer County, it is crucial that you speak to an experienced New Jersey shoplifting defense lawyer as soon as possible. These are serious offense and should not be taken lightly. If you would like to speak with one of our attorney about your options then please contact us at (800)463-0506. Our attorneys will aggressively contest the evidence presented against you in order to achieve a favorable outcome. We appear in courts throughout Mercer County including but not limited to Lawrenceville, Ewing, West Windsor, East Windsor and Trenton. As always our initial consultations are free of costs.
Is Shoplifting a Felony or Misdemeanor in NJ?
Shoplifting can be either a felony or a disorderly persons offense, which is New Jersey’s version of a misdemeanor. What separates the different degrees is the dollar amount of the merchandise in question. A Defendant’s prior criminal history is totally irrelevant when determining what degree of shoplifting they will be charged with. However, the degree of the offense charged will dictate where the case is litigated. All disorderly persons offense shoplifting charges will be litigated in the local municipal court in the municipality where the offense occurred. So for example, if the Defendant is alleged to have stolen under $200 worth of merchandise from a store in Lawrenceville, New Jersey their case will be heard in the Lawrenceville Municipal Court. However, if the Defendant is alleged to have stolen more than $200 worth of merchandise from a store in Lawrenceville, New Jersey then their case will be transferred to the Mercer County Superior Court which is located in Trenton because it is a felony offense. With that being said, it is possible for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office to remand the charges back to the local municipal court. If that is to occur the charges will be downgraded from a felony to a misdemeanor. For more information on potential downgrades please contact our office at (800)463-0506.
Charged with a Shoplifting Offense in Mercer County?
Our attorneys have been appearing in courts throughout Mercer County for years now. Some of the most common court that we defend clients accused of shoplifting in our the following:
- Lawrenceville Municipal Court
- West Windsor Municipal Court
- East Windsor Municipal Court
- Hamilton Municipal Court
- Mercer County Superior Court
- Ewing Municipal Court
Some of the most common stores that we defend clients accused of shoplifting from include the following:
Lawrenceville NJ Shoplifting Attorneys
We defend clients charged with shoplifting in courts throughout Mercer County, including towns like Lawrence, Hamilton, Ewing, Trenton and Hopewell. If you have been charged with theft by deception, theft of moveable property, receiving stolen property, heroin possession or robbery, the attorneys at Proetta & Oliver can help. We are well aware of what is on the line when a Defendant is accused of shoplifting in New Jersey. If you would like to schedule a free consultation today, then please contact us at (800)463-0506.