Arrested for Shoplifting at ShopRite
ShopRite has maintained the title of being the largest supermarket chain in New Jersey for almost 20 years now. They have several dozen locations spread all through New Jersey which attract tens of thousands of shoppers on a daily basis looking for everything from perishable food to flat screen TVs. There are simply too many ShopRite locations to mention in detail in one single article but we included some of the stores that generate a large amount of shoplifting charges. These include stores in Monmouth County such as Middletown, Hazlet, Aberdeen, Marlboro, Neptune City, Howell, Long Branch, and Freehold; Middlesex County including Old Bridge, Edison, Woodbridge, Piscataway, Perth Amboy, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, North Brunswick, and Carteret; Ocean County including Jackson, Manchester, Toms River, Waretown, Lacey and Brick; Union County including Clark, Union Twp, Linden, Hillside, and Springfield; Mercer County including Lawrenceville, Hamilton, Ewing and East Windsor; Somerset County including Watchung, Branchburg, Somerville and Bound Brook; and Hudson County including Jersey City, Kearny, North Bergen, and Hoboken. Based on ShopRite’s utterly dominant presence throughout New Jersey it only makes sense these stores also generate dozens of shoplifting arrests throughout the year. This is also because, although ShopRite is individually owned, most stores hire and train full-time loss prevention officers to stop and detain would-be shoplifters from making away with stolen merchandise. Once you have been caught by store personnel there is a strong likelihood that they will call the local police to come and arrest you for shoplifting under 2C:20-11b. If you have been charged with a criminal complaint for shoplifting it is always in your best interest to hire an experienced New Jersey shoplifting lawyer to defend you and challenge the evidence against you.
What Will Happen With My ShopRite Shoplifting Charge?
After being arrested for shoplifting most people have many questions and rightly so. One thing many people hope to do is work out a deal with ShopRite outside of court where they can repay them for any lost merchandise and even perhaps do community service. Unfortunately, once you have been charged with a crime and given a notice or court date, there is no way to avoid going to court and appearing before a judge. Moreover, it is not uncommon for the average shoplifting case to continue on for several months while the state looks to compile the evidence against you, including any surveillance video and witnesses, and determine whether they can move forward with the charges against you. It is at this point especially where an experienced shoplifting attorney can be priceless when it comes to assessing the actual weight of evidence against you and challenging those proofs in order to obtain a downgrade or even a dismissal altogether. The flip side is without a lawyer, the chances of you being able to avoid a criminal conviction from your shoplifting charge become much slimmer. If you are interested in learning more about how we may be able to help you, feel free to contact the lawyers at Proetta & Oliver for a free consultation about your charges.