What to Know About Shoplifting in New Jersey

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Many people have stolen something from a store at some point in their lives. This may be something as simple as walking out of a store holding an item you forgot to pay for, or something more nefarious. When an individual steals from another party, whether it be a store or another individual, they may be facing larceny charges. Shoplifting is taken very seriously in New Jersey. As a result, it is important to know what shoplifting charges entail.  Read on to learn more about penalties for shoplifting and other larceny charges.

New Jersey’s larceny charges:

When it comes to larceny, the penalties you face will be dependent upon the value of what has been stolen:

Petit Larceny occurs when the value of the item stolen is $200 or less. This may result in:

  • A maximum fine of $1000
  • Up to 6 months of jail time
  • Disorderly conduct that will be handled in municipal court

Grand Larceny in the 4th degree occurs when the value of the item stolen is $200 – $500. This may result in:

  • Maximum fine of $10,000
  • Up to 18 months in jail

Grand Larceny in the 3rd degree occurs when the value of the item stolen is $501-$74,999. This may result in:

  • Maximum fine of $15,000
  • Between 3 and 5 years of jail time

Grand Larceny in the 2nd degree occurs when the value of the item stolen is$75,000 or more. This may result in:

  • Maximum fine of up to $150,000
  • Between 5 and 10 years of imprisonment

What do I do if I am facing charges for larceny?

Larceny charges can make your life extremely difficult. This is because a criminal record can make it harder for you to secure a job, pursue higher education, obtain certain housing, and more. If you are facing charges of larceny, it is important to reach out to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A skilled attorney will work to have your charges reduced or even dropped.

Our firm understands that people make mistakes and we are here to help. We will advocate for you every step of the way. Reach out today to speak with an experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney.

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