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Shoplifting Defense Attorney In Morristown, NJ

Morris County Criminal Defense Attorney James Porfido Can Help You Get Your Life Back After A Shoplifting Arrest

Shoplifting is a serious theft charge that requires serious defense. It is either a misdemeanor (disorderly persons offense in New Jersey) or a felony. The consequences of a conviction can be significant and life altering. That is why it is important to have a forceful and knowledgeable NJ criminal defense attorney defending you against such charges.

Charged With Shoplifting in NJ? You Need A Dedicated Defense Lawyer

If you are under investigation for stealing from a shopping mall, grocery store, or other commercial business, you need strategic and aggressive defense. Many cases of shopping mall shoplifting, petty theft, or stealing involve juvenile defendants. If your child is facing criminal charges of stealing, we can aggressively protect their legal rights and their future. We are also experienced in wrongful detention cases involving holding of a juvenile or suspect. For more information about our services and our experience, please call us or fill out the online contact form.

What Constitutes Shoplifting in New Jersey?

Shoplifting is not just concealing merchandise under your coat and walking out of a store without paying. Several other behaviors constitute shoplifting in New Jersey, including:

  • Concealing unpurchased merchandise, either in the store or outside of the store with the intention of depriving the seller of the item.
  • Removing or altering a price tag or label to conceal the true price of the item.
  • Moving the item(s) to another container or package marked with a lower price.
  • Under-charging for merchandise by a cashier with the intent of having the customer pay less.

A shoplifting charge and conviction will result in civil fines, restitution, and a criminal record — and in the case of a third conviction, mandatory imprisonment.

Alternatives To Prison, Jail, And Fines In NJ

Because shoplifting is legally a form of theft, the penalties if convicted are the same as for other theft crimes. However, in some instances, there are alternatives to jail and fines. Pretrial intervention (PTI) and diversion programs may remove a criminal conviction from a person’s record once the program requirements have been met. Such programs can especially benefit young people and first-time offenders, making it possible for them to move forward with their lives unencumbered by a criminal conviction.

Contact A Morristown, New Jersey Shoplifting Defense Lawyer Today!

If you or your child are under investigation for shoplifting, learn how we can help. To learn more, please call us or fill out the online contact form.

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