Experienced New Jersey Shoplifting Lawyer Explains Shoplifting Offenses
There Are Different Levels of Shoplifting Offenses in New Jersey
The differences in shoplifting offenses come into play when talking about different amounts of money. There are different grades of shoplifting offenses, anything from a disorderly person’s offense, which would be a couple of pennies worth of items, all the way up to items that are a second-degree crime, that would be worth something as much as $75,000. A third-degree shoplifting crime exceeds $500, but is less than $75,000. In a fourth-degree shoplifting crime for anything that is at least $200, but doesn’t exceed $500. For a disorderly person’s offense, it’s anything that’s below $200. A disorderly person’s offense would be something that would be prosecuted in the municipal court, as opposed to the superior court. $200 is the cut-off for a disorderly person’s offense and $500 brings you up to the fourth-degree crime. Fourth-degree crime is one that would be prosecuted, theoretically at least, in the superior court.
The County Prosecutor Decides In Which Court to Prosecute Shoplifting Offenses
Experienced New Jersey shoplifting lawyer Carl Spector has seen cases he has handled become downgraded from third-degree crimes to disorderly person’s offense when the item was worth over $2,000. Every case is different and you just don’t know until the county prosecutor’s office makes a determination.
If you’ve been accused of shoplifting in New Jersey, contact experienced New Jersey Shoplifting Lawyer Carl Spector for a free confidential consultation on how he can defend your freedom.