Somerset County Shoplifting Attorneys
Being charged with a criminal offense like shoplifting can be stressful. Most of our clients charged with shoplifting have absolutely no experience in being charged with a criminal offense let alone going to court, which almost certainly adds to the stress. That is why it is crucial that you speak to an experienced New Jersey shoplifting defense attorney about your options. Hiring the right attorney, one that is not only familiar with the offense of shoplifting but is familiar with the Somerset County Superior Courthouse can go a long way to successfully defending these types of charges. If you have been arrested and accused of shoplifting in Somerset County, in towns like Watchung, Bridgewater, North Plainfield, Readington, Somerville, Branchburg or elsewhere, the attorneys at Proetta & Oliver can help. Our attorneys also have extensive experience defending those accused of shoplifting at the Bridgewater Commons as well. We have handled hundreds of shoplifting charges over our careers. If you would like to speak with one of our Somerset County shoplifting defense lawyers today about your options, then please contact us at (732) 856-9959.
As you will see below, the offense of shoplifting can and often is a felony offense in New Jersey. In fact, in order to be a felony shoplifting charge all that has to be alleged is that the dollar amount of the merchandise in question is greater than $200. If you would like to come into our office for a face to face consultation with one of our attorneys then please contact us at (732) 856-9959. We can go over the specific facts of your case and formulate a game plan that works best to achieve your desirable outcome. Now here is some important information on shoplifting charges in Somerset County.
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Is Shoplifting a Felony Offense in NJ?
The governing statute in New Jersey for shoplifting is NJSA 2C:20-11B. In essence, the offense of shoplifting can be either a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor) or a second, third or fourth degree felony offense. The degree of the shoplifting offense will be determined solely by the dollar amount of the merchandise in question. A Defendant’s prior criminal record or where the offense occurred is irrelevant when determining whether the charges will be a felony or misdemeanors. The degree of the shoplifting charge will also dictate where the charges are litigated at. For example, if a Defendant is charged with a felony offense shoplifting, regardless of whether it is a second, third or fourth degree, the charges will be heard in the Somerset County Superior Courthouse which is located in Somerville, New Jersey. Conversely, if the charges are disorderly persons offenses then they will be heard in the local municipal court in the municipality where the incident occurred. With that being said, it is possible to convince the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office to remand the felony level shoplifting charges back to the local municipality. If that is to occur, the then felony shoplifting charges will be downgraded to misdemeanors. For more information on remands and downgrades, please contact our office at (732) 856-9959.
Charged with Shoplifting in Somerset County NJ?
Our attorneys routinely defend clients accused of shoplifting in courts throughout New Jersey but some of the most common courts in Somerset County that we appear in are:
- Bridgewater Municipal Court,
- Franklin Municipal Court,
- Somerville Municipal Court,
- Watchung Municipal Court,
- Readington Municipal Court
Some of the most common stores that we tend to deal with are as follows:
- Home Depot
- Lord & Taylor
If you are facing shoplifting charges in any of the aforementioned courts it is important that you speak to an attorney who has extensive experience dealing with shoplifting offenses. For a free consultation with Mr. Oliver or one of the other attorneys on staff, please contact us at (732) 856-9959.
Shoplifting Attorneys in Somerville NJ
We understand the stress and anxiety that our clients deal with when it comes to being charged with a shoplifting offense. This is often their very first contact with the criminal justice system. That is why we try to make the process as painless as possible for our clients. If you have been arrested for shoplifting in Somerset County, in towns like Branchburg, Bedminster, Bound Brook, Raritan or Hillsborough, Proetta & Oliver can help. We are available immediately for a free initial consultation. If you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us.