Toms River NJ Third Degree Shoplifting Attorney
The New Jersey Shoplifting Law is set forth at N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11. Taking possession or concealing merchandise for the purpose of depriving a retailer of the goods is considered shoplifting under this statute. When the property stolen has a value of at least $500 but less than $75,000, the offense is a third degree crime. An indictable charge like this falls outside the jurisdiction of the municipal court in Toms River, Jackson, Brick, Stafford or Lacey. The case must be directed to the county courthouse in Toms River where the Superior Court has authority to resolve the offense.
The penalties for third degree shoplifting are potentially extreme. The fine can reach $15,000. The state prison sentence is up to 5 years. There is also a period of community service that must be imposed. There is at least 10 days for a first offense, at least 15 days for a second offense, and up to 25 days for a third or subsequent conviction.Third Degree Shoplifting Lawyer in Toms River
Our staff of attorneys has been appearing in Toms River on felony shoplifting cases for over twenty years with success. Whether securing a downgraded charge, dismissal or gaining admission into Pretrial Intervention, we have a rich history of averting a finding of guilt. If you would like the opportunity to speak to a lawyer about your third degree shoplifting charge, contact our office in Toms River. Lawyers are available 24/7 at 732-286-6500.