Shoplifting Charges at Garden State Plaza
Probably no mall single-handedly generates more shoplifting arrests in New Jersey other than Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus. This two-story, upscale shopping mall is utterly massive with over 2.1 million square feet of retail space housing over 300 stores. This clearly makes Garden State Plaza the biggest mall in New Jersey while also making the mall one of the highest-revenue producing malls in the entire United States. The mall’s convenient location at the intersection of Route 4 and Route 17 near the Garden State Parkway and its close proximity to Manhattan and New York, allows it to pull in plenty of shoppers from out-of-state. And, for purposes of this discussion, the more people and shoppers simply equates to more shoplifting incidents. If you have been arrested for shoplifting at Garden State Plaza mall then you will most likely be required to appear in Paramus Municipal Court or Bergen County Superior Court since the seriousness of your shoplifting charge depends on the dollar amount of merchandise. For instance, if you shoplifted a hat worth $25 you would have to appear in municipal court for a disorderly persons offense shoplifting, while shoplifting a $600 dress would land you in superior court facing a third degree crime. If you are interested in discussing the particular facts of your case with an experienced shoplifting lawyer, then contact us today at (732) 856-9959 for a free consultation.
Garden State Plaza Shoplifting Attorney
Garden State Plaza is steeped in history and quickly gained recognition after being originally built by Macy’s in the late 1950’s as an open-air shopping plaza. By the early 1960’s it actually became the largest mall in the world and although it does not still hold that title, it is the largest mall in New Jersey, as mentioned above. The mall was eventually enclosed in the 1980’s in order to compete with Willowbrook Mall in Wayne. Today, Garden State is home to several large department stores such as JCPenny, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. These stores consistently generate the most shoplifting arrests from the retailers in Westfield Garden State Plaza each year. In our experience many defendants arrested for shoplifting are first time offenders who are looking to avoid a criminal conviction which could affect their employment or school. Moreover, a large portion of the greater NYC metropolitan population are not U.S. citizens and a conviction for shoplifting can result in immigration consequences such as deportation. No matter your circumstances, our New Jersey shoplifting attorneys are ready and prepared to help you. We will take the time to learn about the facts of your case and the specifics of your personal situation in order to better help and defend you. To learn more about how we may be of assistance, call us today at (732) 856-9959 for a free consultation with one of our experienced shoplifting lawyers.