Shoplifting Charges at Newport Centre in Jersey City
Two of the busiest courts that we frequently appear in are Jersey City Municipal Court and Hudson County Superior both located right in the heart of Jersey City. This is because Jersey City is the second largest city in our state with a population of right around a quarter million people. In the late 1980’s Newporte Centre Mall opened in Jersey City to help with the growing shoplifting demand of Jersey City’s diverse population. And today it still remains one of the busiest shopping malls in state for both its sheer sales volume and also the amount of shoplifters who are arrested each year by Jersey City Police Department. The police and courts take these charges serious and a conviction for shoplifting can easily result in a permanent criminal record, fines, restitution, community service, probation and even mandatory jail time. In some circumstances a shoplifting conviction can result in removal proceedings if you are not a U.S. citizen. At Proetta & Oliver, our criminal defense attorneys are well seasoned in defending clients against Jersey City shoplifting charges and have been able to secure many clients downgrades that do not result in a criminal conviction or even dismissals altogether. If you would like to discuss the facts of your case with one of our shoplifting lawyers today, then give us a call at (732) 856-9959 for a free no-obligation consultation today.
Arrested for Shoplifting at Newporte Centre Mall
There is a good chance that if you were arrested for shoplifting in Jersey City, it took place at Newport Mall. This is because Newport Centre sits in a prime location in Jersey City located at 30 Mall Drive West and measures in at about 1.15 million square feet of retail space, which is an utterly enormous size for an urban area such as Hudson County, New Jersey a features several popular stores such as Sephora, Forever 21, and Victoria’s Secret. Moreover, the mall draws in large crowds with the fact that sales tax is only 3.5% and there is no sales tax on clothing. Newport Centre is also easily accessible by public transportation including the PATH, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and NJ Transit buses. There are several large retailers or “anchor” stores that are spread across the mall’s three levels including Kohl’s, JCPenny, Macy’s, Sears, H&M, and ZARA. It should be no surprise that these large department stores have the most frequent shoplifting arrests in Newporte Centre. This can most likely be attributed to the fact that these larger department stores normally spend millions per year on specially trained loss prevention officers and surveillance systems. They also normally provide the most opportunities for shoplifting because you feel alone and out of the sight from the prying eyes. However, these days most security guards are stealthily watching behind the lens of cameras waiting for the slightest sign of suspicious behavior. Based on these actions, the loss prevention officers could stop and detain you, and then call Jersey City Police to arrest and charge you with shoplifting. At which point you will have to appear in court to answer for your charges. In these situations it is always best to contact an experienced New Jersey shoplifting attorney who can properly advise you of your rights and options. To learn more, feel free to contact us for a confidential consultation at no charge.
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