Theft Charges in New Jersey | What You Need to Know

“Theft” is a blanket term that covers a number of different crimes. Different crimes carry vastly different penalties. As a result, it is important to know how theft is defined in New Jersey and what the consequences entail. Read on to learn more about theft in New Jersey.

Different types of theft

There are a number of different types of theft. Some of the most common types of theft include:

  • Property theft: Property theft charges are based on the value of the property stolen. Any property worth $200 or more will result in jail time and a theft charge
  • Fraud: This is the act of stealing another’s identity or property through deception. Fraud can include identity theft, insurance fraud, credit card fraud, check forgery, and more.
  • Robbery: Robbery involves the use of force during the unlawful removal of another person’s property. This can include robbery, armed robbery, and aggravated robbery. These are often very serious crimes and may be subject to the No Early Release Act.

What are the consequences of a theft charge in New Jersey?

Each type of theft carries different penalties. These penalties are as follows:

  • Theft: This can result in up to 6 months in jail. However, if the crime is a disorderly persons offense,  charges can result in up to 30 days in jail and potential fines.
  • Fourth Degree Theft: For property stolen worth more $200, though less than $500, you may face up to 18 months in jail, $10,000 fine, or double the amount of the victim’s loss
  • Third Degree Theft: When it comes to property stolen worth more than $500, though less than $75,000, or the theft of a firearm, motor vehicle, boat, horse, domestic companion animal, or airplane, you may face up to 5 years in prison, $15,000 fine, or double the amount of the victim’s loss
  • Second Degree Theft: If the property stolen worth $75,000 or more, extortion, or theft of more than 1 kilogram or more of a controlled substance, you can face up to 10 years in prison, potential $150,000 fine, or double the amount of the victim’s loss

If you are facing charges for theft in New Jersey, our firm is here to help. Reach out to our firm to discuss your case. The sooner you reach out, the sooner we can begin building your defense.

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