One of the broadest categories of criminal offense that can result in charges in Ocean County is theft crimes. Many different violations fall under this heading and can range to a minor theft to a serious crime that result in over ten (10) years in prison. If you were charged with theft in any form on the Jersey Shore, our attorneys are former prosecutors with over a century of combined experience to help you. Whether you are dealing with a disorderly persons offense in Lacy, Berkeley, Toms River, Jackson, Brick or an indictable offense at the Ocean County Superior Court, the is an attorney at Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver to competently represent you. To take advantage of a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers, contact our Toms River Office now. A lawyer is available 24/7 to assist you.Theft Charge in Ocean County
At one point in time, there were over fifty (50) varieties of theft set forth under NJ Law. These violations were, however, consolidated into a much smaller group which are now set forth in our criminal code. The lawyers on our staff defend all theft charges, including:
- Automobile Theft
- Theft by Unlawful Taking
- Theft by Deception
- Theft of Services
- Receiving Stolen Property
The severity of the penalties for theft is contingent upon the grade of offense. The least severe variety are handled in municipal court and are referred to as a disorderly persons offense. Felony theft offenses are indictable and must be dealt with at the county courthouse in Toms River. They are referred to a second degree crime, third degree crime or fourth degree crime. Under N.J.S.A. 2C: 20-2, the general grading and penalties for theft offenses are:
(1) It is a second degree crime to commit a theft of property with a value of $75,000 or more resulting in 5-10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000;
(2) It is a third degree crime to commit a theft of at least $500 but less than $75,000 resulting in up to 5 years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000;
(3) It is a fourth degree crime to commit a theft of at least $200 but less than $500 resulting in up to 18 months in prison and a fine that can reach $10,000; and
(4) It is a disorderly persons offense to commit a theft of property with a value of less than $200 resulting in a fine of up to $1,000 and the possibility of up to 6 months in jail.
There are often significant collateral consequences from a theft conviction beyond the penalties just described. You will have a conviction for stealing which can easily effect your ability to obtain employment, securing a professional license and cause other complications. There is also the potential for you to be denied re-entry into the United States or renewal of a Green Card or Visa. The reason is because many theft offenses are either considered an aggravated felony or crime involving moral turpitude that can negate your maintaining proper immigration status.Toms River NJ Theft Lawyers
Our Toms River criminal firm is committed to providing the best possible representation so that you eliminate or reduce the impact of a theft charge. With over 100 years of combined experience, including time serving as county and municipal prosecutors, our lawyers have considerable to offer you. Call us at (732) 286-6500 if you were arrested for any form of theft in Stafford, Manchester, Point Pleasant Beach, Barnegat, Little Egg Harbor or another Ocean County town. A lawyer at Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver will take the time to thoroughly review your case and generate a plan so that you have every opportunity to avert the consequences of a conviction for stealing. A record for crimes involving dishonesty can be devastating to your future so it is important that you retain a skilled defense attorney to defend you. Our attorneys are available 24/7 at (732) 286-6500 to help you.