What to Know About Theft Charges in New Jersey

In New Jersey, theft is a serious crime. If you are facing theft charges, you will need the help of an experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney. Read on to learn more about theft and the consequences it carries.

How is theft defined by New Jersey law?

In New Jersey, larceny, or theft, is when an individual deprives another of his or her property rights, but without the use of violence. “Theft” is a blanket term that New Jersey courts use to describe crimes such as shoplifting, theft by deception, and extortion.

What constitutes theft?

There are a number of different types of theft, including:

  • Property theft: these 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 is simply 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 is 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 (Disorderly Persons Offense): Up to 6 months in jail, though only up to 30 days in jail if it is a petty disorderly persons offense, as well as potential fines
  • Fourth Degree Theft (for property stolen worth more $200, though less than $500): Up to 18 months in jail, $10,000 fine, or double the amount of the victim’s loss
  • Third Degree Theft (for 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: Up to 5 years in prison, $15,000 fine, or double the amount of the victim’s loss
  • Second Degree Theft (for property stolen worth $75,000 or more, extortion, or theft of more than 1 kilogram or more of a controlled substance): Up to 10 years in prison, potential $150,000 fine, or double the amount of the victim’s loss

If you are facing theft charges, contact our firm today. The sooner you reach out, the sooner we can begin building your case.

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