Did you or a loved one get arrested for shoplifting in New Jersey? Watch this video to learn what type of shoplifting charges you could be facing.
What are the penalties for shoplifting in New Jersey?
If you get charged with shoplifting, regardless if you accidentally carried something out or they think you really intended to take it without paying, you might have a variety of defenses available to you. What the state must prove is intent to deprive the owner of that item or items. Very often, there’s a misunderstanding between the consumer and the loss prevention people, who sometimes jump the gun and don’t understand the process. With self-checkout these days, that process could be a little bit murky.
Be aware that most of these stores have surveillance. It’s going to be hard to justify you putting something into a bag if it was something you were going to pay for, because it’s going to wind up on film or on a hard drive somewhere. You might have some significant defenses in any shoplifting case. I would suggest that you consult with an experienced local attorney.