Shoplifting Lawyers in Brick NJ

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Brick NJ Shoplifting Lawyer

It seems like each and every year the Brick Police Department is issuing more and more shoplifting charges. That is probably do in large part to the sheer volume of shopping centers that are located within the township. Also, Brick Township is the thirteenth largest municipality in all of New Jersey. In fact, more than 75,000 people call Brick, New Jersey home. When you combine all of those factors, it is not hard to fathom why they issue so many shoplifting offenses each and every year. Shoplifting is a serious criminal offense in New Jersey. A conviction, even for a first time offender, could not only subject someone to high fines and a criminal record but also jail time. Furthermore, it is well settled by now that the offense of shoplifting is considered a crime of moral turpitude, which is the key phrase when it comes to immigration consequences. If you have been issued a summons for shoplifting in Brick and would like to speak to one of our New Jersey shoplifting defense attorneys about your options then please contact us at (800)463-0605.

Some of the most common shoplifting cases that Proetta & Oliver defend in Brick Township stem from incidents in stores like Walmart, Home Depot, Marshall’s, Best Buy, Kmart, DICK’s Sporting Goods, Target, ShopRite and Kohl’s. If you have been arrested and charged with shoplifting, burglary, trespassing, possession of burglary tools, robbery, receiving stolen property or any other theft related offense in Brick, New Jersey, it is crucial that you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. If you would like to set up an initial consultation with one of our Brick shoplifting defense attorneys then please contact us directly at (800)463-0605. As always, our initial consultations are free of charge. So if you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us. Do not let a simple misunderstanding or a lapse in judgement jeopardize your future.

Is Shoplifting a Felony Offense in NJ?

Depending on the dollar amount of the merchandise in question, a Defendant accused of shoplifting in New Jersey could be facing either a second, third or fourth degree indictable offense (felony) or a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor). With that being said, the degree of the shoplifting charge will also dictate where the matter is heard. All disorderly persons offense shoplifting charges that occur in Brick Township will be litigated in the Brick Municipal Court, which is located at 401 Chambers Bridge Road. Conversely, all felony level shoplifting charges, whether it be a second, third or fourth degree felony will be litigated in the Ocean County Superior Courthouse, which is located in Toms River. A Defendant charged with a felony level shoplifting offense may seek to have the charges remanded back to the Brick Municipal Court for disposition. If that is to occur, the felony level shoplifting charges will be downgraded to disorderly persons offenses. As you will see below, that could reduce a potentially ten year prison sentence to a fine at a worse case scenerio. If you would like to speak to one of our Brick Shoplifting Defense Lawyers about your options then please contact us at (800) 463-0605. Our attorneys are available immediately for a free consultation.

Will I go to Jail if I am Convicted of Shoplifting in NJ?

As mentioned above, the crime of shoplifting can either be a second, third or fourth degree felony or a disorderly persons offense. Here is a helpful chart that not only breaks down the difference between each degree but the potential penalties as well.

Degree of Shoplifting

Dollar Amount of the Merchandise 

Potential Penalties

Second Degree

Greater than $75,000

  • 10 Years in Prison
  • $150,000 Fine
  • Felony Criminal Record
  • Restitution

Third Degree

Greater than $1,000 but Less than $75,000

  • 5 Years in Prison
  • $15,000 Fine
  • Felony Criminal Record
  • Restitution

Fourth Degree

Greater than $200 but Less than $1,000

  • 18 Months in Prison
  • $10,000 Fine
  • Felony Criminal Record
  • Restitution

Disorderly Persons Offense

Less than $200

  • 6 Months in Jail
  • $1,000 Fine
  • Criminal Record
  • Restitution

Brick NJ Shoplifting Attorney

At Proetta & Oliver we are well aware of what a criminal conviction for shoplifting let alone a lengthy jail sentence can do to someone’s life. As such, we are dedicated to aggressively challenging the evidence presented against our clients in order to obtain a desirable outcome. Our attorneys are dedicated to making sure that no stone is left unturned when it comes to defending these types of charges. If you have been charged with shoplifting, robbery, possession of burglary tools, fencing, theft of moveable property or receiving stolen property in Brick Township, we can help. To set up a free initial consultation today with one of our shoplifting defense lawyers, please contact us at (732) 856-9959.