Shoplifting Charges at Nordstrom in New Jersey
Were you arrested for shoplifting at Nordstrom? Well rest assured you are certainly not the only one – every year dozens, if not hundreds, of people are arrested for shoplifting in Nordstrom stores in New Jersey. Nordstrom is a well known luxury department store chain that sells clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and cosmetics. In many situations, these items can quickly add up to several hundred dollars or even thousands worth of merchandise which means that many Nordstrom shoplifting offenses are charged as indictable crimes that are handled in the County Superior Court and could be punishable by state prison. For more information about the gradation of your shoplifting charges or penalties you could face if convicted of shoplifting, please visit our practice areas elsewhere on the site. However no matter what level of shoplifting offense you face – one thing is clear – New Jersey takes these crimes seriously and a conviction can lead to a criminal record, mandatory community service and even mandatory incarceration even if the amount of merchandise in question is minimal. To learn more about potential outcomes and your options, contact our office today at (732) 856-9959 for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey shoplifting attorney.
Lawyers Who Defend Shoplifters Arrested at Nordstrom
Since Nordstrom caters strictly to a more luxurious clientele it does not have as many department stores as other big retailers like Lord & Taylor, Macy’s or JCPenny. In particular, Nordstrom only has 349 stores operating in North America including several New Jersey locations in Freehold Raceway Mall, Menlo Park Mall, The Mall at Short Hills, and Westfield Garden State Plaza. There are also several Nordstrom Rack outlet stores located in New Jersey including Mercer Mall in Lawrenceville, the Crossroads in Eatontown, Wayne Towne Center, Livingston Shopping Center, Rockaway Commons, and The Outlets at Bergen Town Center. These Nordstrom stores and outlets maintain a high level of security which includes extensive surveillance systems and full-time employees, called loss prevention officers, whose sole job is to target and find suspected shoplifters. These loss prevention officers are normally highly trained and will only make a move to detain someone if they believe they have overwhelming evidence to prove they shoplifted or attempted to shoplift from the store. Every year they recover hundreds of thousands in stolen merchandise or merchandise that was attempted to be taken without payment. Once detained, the loss prevention officers will confiscate the merchandise and call the local police to process the arrest and fill out a criminal complaint. At this point, it is always best not to give any statements regarding the incident because anything you say could be used against you at a later time. The best thing to do is to contact an experienced shoplifting lawyer as you have an opportunity to begin working on your case and defending your interests. It is not uncommon for the attorneys at Proetta & Oliver to negotiate a downgrade, admittance into a conditional dismissal program or even secure a dismissal altogether. If you are interested in learning more about how we may be able to assist in your defense, contact our office today for a free consultation.