Shoplifting Charges at Rockaway Mall
Morris County is one of the most affluent counties in New Jersey and towns like Morristown are infamous for attracting crowds looking to shop and dine, however, the only major shopping mall in Morris County is actually located in Rockaway Township called Rockaway Townsquare. The two-level regional shopping mall goes by a couple different names including Rockaway Mall and Rockaway Townsquare Mall, but thing is always the same – the mall generates dozens and dozens of shoplifting arrests each year. Most of these cases are disorderly persons offenses shoplifting charges which are referred to the Rockaway Municipal Court for prosecution. However, if the stolen merchandise is more than $200 then the charges will typically be referred to Morris County Superior Court for review. In either situation, a conviction of shoplifting can lead to a criminal record, probation, mandatory community service and even mandatory jail if you have prior convictions. This is why it is always strongly recommended that you consult with an experienced New Jersey shoplifting lawyer who can explain the shoplifting penalties, possible outcomes and your options. To learn how we may be able to help you, contact our office today at (732) 856-9959 for a free consultation with one of our shoplifting attorneys.
Arrested at Rockaway Townsquare for Shoplifting?
Rockaway Townsquare Mall is strategically located on Interstate 80 and Mount Hope Avenue in order to attract customers from all over Morris, Sussex and Warren Counties and even residents from New York. Rockaway is considered “super” mall with almost 1.25 million square feet of retail space making it the 8th largest mall in the state of New Jersey. Moreover, Rockaway Townsquare houses over 150 different stores including 4 large anchors that rent the largest spaces which are Macy’s, Lord and Taylor, JCPenney and Sears. These large department stores typically nab the most shoplifters each year because they have professional loss prevention officers who are hired and trained to stop shopliftings and detain shoplifters until the police come. In addition to the stores located within the mall, there are several big name stores surrounding the mall that were added over the years as the mall property underwent several renovation projects and expansions which basically created a circular strip mall that wraps around Rockaway Townsquare. This strip, called Rockaway Plaza, houses several big names including Best Buy, Nordstrom Rack, Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, PetSmart, Pier 1 Imports, Toys “R” Us, Torrid, Party Fair, DSW, Kirkland’s, Michaels, Christmas Tree Shops and Borders. These stores also process their fair share of shoplifting crimes throughout the year. As experienced shoplifting attorneys, the first thing we often ask new clients is what store the shoplifting arrest took place in because this can sometimes mean the difference between a dismissal or plea. This is because some stores are more aggressive with prosecuting shoplifting offenders than others. For instance this can be the difference between recording and maintaining surveillance videos, writing detailed reports and showing up to court in order to testify. No matter the circumstances of your shoplifting case – our defense lawyers will assess the strengths and weaknesses of your case including the store that reported the incident and the amount of merchandise allegedly taken. To learn more about how we may be able to help you or your loved one, contact our lawyers today for a free and confidential consultation.