Short Hills Mall Shoplifting Lawyers
Over the years the New Jersey shoplifting attorneys at Proetta & Oliver have handled dozens of shoplifting charges stemming from incidents at Short Hills Mall. We are well acquainted with the Millburn Municipal Court and Essex County Superior Court and their procedures. It is our experience, that most shoplifting charges that come out of Short Hills mall are charged as third degree indictable shoplifting crimes involving $500 or more of merchandise because of the high-end stores within the mall and the expensive items they carry. However, depending on the circumstances, it is sometimes possible for your attorney to reach out to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office early on to try and secure a downgrade and remand of the charge back to municipal court to be handled as a less serious disorderly persons offense shoplifting. No matter the facts of your case, you can rest assured that our lawyers will use their knowledge and experience to give you a high end representation and deliver successful results. To learn more about how we can help you, contact our office today at (800) 463-0506 for a free consultation with an experienced Short Hills shoplifting lawyer.
Why Are There So Many Shoplifting Charges at Short Hills?
Nestled in the affluent town of Millburn, in Essex County, New Jersey can be found “The Mall at Short Hills” which offers a luxurious shopping experience that easily rivals any of best malls throughout the country. The shopping center which is now Short Hills Mall originally began construction back in the 1940’s as even back then the rich residents of the surrounding area had a high demand for luxury and expensive things. Since that time the mall has undergone several major renovations and large expansions and has now grown to over 10 times its’ original size to almost 1.4 million square feet in retail space housing over 160 stores including several major high-end department stores such as Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdales. There are also several other luxury boutiques which call Short Hills home including Chanel, Dior, Cartier, Gucci, Prada, Hermès and Louis Vuitton. These high-end stores attract shoppers from all over New Jersey since about 40 of the stores in Short Hills do not have any other locations in the state. The more shoppers normally equals the more potential shoplifting incidents – and Short Hills is no stranger to shoplifting arrests with normally several dozen people charged each year.
Arrested for Shoplifting at Short Hills Mall
The Short Hills Mall is constantly opening new specialty stores including Apple, Tiffany & Co., Crate & Barrel, DKNY, just to name a few, and these stores offer even more opportunities with expensive small items that are often easily concealable. If you were stopped by a loss prevention officer then chances are they called the cops to file a report and process you on a criminal complaint. These loss prevention officers will normally show up to court later on to testify against you in order to prove the shoplifting allegations. An experienced shoplifting attorney may be able to challenge their testimony to create reasonable doubt as to what they believed they witnessed in order to secure a favorable result or even secure a dismissal altogether if the store personnel do not show up. If you would like to learn more about your options and possible outcomes for your shoplifting case, give us a call today and we will take the time to learn about the specific facts of your case during a free consultation.