Shoplifting Offenses in Elizabeth

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Elizabeth Shoplifting Attorney

The Elizabeth Municipal Court receives a steady stream of defendants charged with shoplifting crimes and related offenses throughout the year. In fact it is one of the busier courts where our New Jersey shoplifting lawyers appear. This is most likely due to the fact that City of Elizabeth in Union County has the 4th largest population of any town or city in New Jersey at more than 125,000 residents according to the latest census. It is also easily accessible for out-of-state residents who come from nearby New York and Staten Island via the Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike and Route 1 which also traverse the City. These facts and circumstances have made Elizabeth an epicenter for business and shopping centers. In fact, it is also home to one of the largest indoor malls in New Jersey called The Mills at Jersey Gardens which houses several larger popular shopping destinations, including Burlington Coat Factory, Marshalls, Saks Fifth Aveunue, Old Navy Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Forever 21, Bed Bath & Beyond, Century 21 Department Store, Neiman Marcus, Modell’s Sporting Goods and Gap Outlet. We always caution clients about the risks of shoplifting and when it comes to these larger stores mentioned above, most have their own security teams who are specially trained to spot and respond to shoplifting offenses in progress so they have a percentage of shoplifting arrests. That is why every year this large mall generates dozens of shoplifting arrests that are referred to Elizabeth Municipal Court for prosecution.

Appearing in Elizabeth Municipal Court for Shoplifting Arrest

There are also multiple large stand alone stores sprinkled along Newark Ave & Route 9 such as the Home Depot, CVS, ShopRite, Walgreens,  Super Stop and Shop and Standard True Value Home Center. In total, these stores also add to the pool of shoplifting arrests each year in Elizabeth as they cumulatively stop and detain dozens of would-be shoplifters each year. If you have been arrested for shoplifting in the City of Elizabeth then you will most likely be summoned to appear in Elizabeth Municipal Court on 208 Commerce Place to answer for the charges. The municipal court has multiple sessions a week that are staggered in the morning, afternoon and a night. In some cases, your shoplifting case can be referred to the Union County Superior Court which is also located in Elizabeth if it is a felony shoplifting involving more than $200 of merchandise or if you are a juvenile under the age of 18 at the time of the offense. To learn more about how your case may play out or what our shoplifting attorneys may be able to do to help you, contact our office at (732) 856-9959 for a free initial consultation.