Arrested For Shoplifting at Morrestown Mall?
The busiest municipality for Burlington County shoplifting charges is unquestionably Morrestown New Jersey. The main reason why this is the case is the presence of Morrestown Mall which spans more than 1.0 million square feet. If you were arrested at Lord & Taylor, Sears, Boxcov’s or another retail store, the attorneys at our firm have the skills that are necessary to achieve the best outcome in your shoplifting case.
Our Former Prosecutors Have Over 150 Years of Combined Experience To Put Into Action So That You Avoid A Conviction And Penalties For A Shoplifting In Morrestown New Jersey
Our staff of former prosecutors represents one of the largest criminal defense teams in the entire state and our lawyers also happen to have a rich track record of success in defending shoplifting offenses in Morrestown and other municipalities in the county. An attorney is ready to discuss the facts and circumstances of your arrest and, more importantly, formulate a plan to reach the result you need. To speak to a lawyer now or to schedule an appointment in our local Cherry Hill Office, call (856) 662-8300 for a free consultation.
How Does The Prosecutor Demonstrate That You Committed Shoplifting in Moorestown?
The prosecutor can convict you of shoplifting under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11 if he/she can establish, beyond reasonable doubt, that you engaged in one of six types of conduct. The first and most common way, is to establish that you attempted to remove merchandise from the retailer. The second form of shoplifting is established be proving that you concealed merchandise. The third and fourth pedigree of shoplifting occurs when someone alters or changes price tags or containers/boxes in order to deprive the merchant of the true value of the goods. The fifth type of shoplifting is triggered when someone under-rings in order to steal merchandise or to undervalue of the true value of the merchandise. The six way the prosecutor can convict you for a Moorestown shoplifting charge is very uncommon and arises when someone removes a shopping cart from the merchant’s property.
Will You Have A Criminal Record If You Plead Or Are Found Guilty Of Moorestown Shoplifting?
Yes. An individual is always left with a criminal record if they are convicted for Moorestown shoplifting. When the conviction is for a second degree, third degree or fourth degree shoplifting, the record is a felony. A disorderly persons offense results in a misdemeanor record. You can avoid a record, however, if you are a first time offender and successfully complete either Pretrial Intervention (“PTI”) (i.e. indictable offense) or Conditional Dismissal (i.e. disorderly persons offense).
What Are The Potential Penalties If You Have Been Charged With Shoplifting?
It is imperative to secure representation from the best attorney you can find since a record and penalties for shoplifting can have a devastating impact. A third degree shoplifting offense carries a fine that can reach $15,000 and a up to 5 years in prison. A conviction for a crime of the fourth degree for shoplifting results a prison sentence of up to 18 months and a fine of up to $10,000. A disorderly persons offense triggers up to 6 months in the county jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.
Shoplifting Defense Attorneys in Moorestown New Jersey
The ramifications of a 2C:20-11 violation are obviously significant whether the offense is being heard in Moorestown Municipal Court or at the Burlington County Superior Court. You will be left with a criminal record for stealing and face the possibility of incarceration. Hiring the right lawyer to defend a Moorestown shoplifting charge is clearly very important if you want every opportunity to avert a conviction. The defense attorneys at our law firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, are equipped to successfully defend you in this role. Most of the lawyers on staff have over 15 years experience and are former prosecutor, not to mention an extensive history of securing acquittals in shoplifting cases. To speak to an attorney with obligation, call call (856) 662-8300.
Related Shoplifting & Moorestown Resource Pages