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Selecting the right attorney to defend your New Jersey theft by deception charge in Hunterdon County is extremely important. A conviction for any variety of theft tends to imply that you are prone to steal so it is imperative that you do everything possible to avoid this flag on your record. We are the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, a 10 attorney criminal defense firm comprised of former county and municipal prosecutors possessing well over 200 years of combined experience. Whether you were charged with a disorderly persons offense for theft by deception or a felony crime of the second, third or fourth degree, our lawyers have the skills that are necessary to provide a comprehensive defense. Contact our Flemington Office at 908-824-0855 for a free consultation with a lawyer on our time anytime 24/7.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall defend clients charged with theft by deception throughout Hunterdon County, including in Flemington, Tewksbury, Lebanon, Clinton Township, Readington, Raritan Township, Union Township, Bethlehem, Alexandria, East Amwell, Glen Gardner, Lambertville, Stockton, Bloomsbury, Holland, Delaware Township, High Bridge, Kingwood, Hampton, Frenchtown and other local towns.
What Does The New Jersey Theft By Deception Law Say?
The offense of theft by deception is set forth under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4 of the New Jersey Criminal Code. An individual commits this charge if they purposely deceives someone in the following ways: (1) creates or reinforce a false impression concerning the law, value of an item, representation of a third party, (2) prevents a person from acquiring information which would affect their judgment in a transaction; or (3) fails to correct a false impression which they created, reinforced or knew would influence someone to whom he/she had a fiduciary or confidential relationship.
How Does The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office Prove A Charge Of Theft By Deception?
There are three elements of proof that must be established in order to secure a conviction for theft by deception at the Hunterdon County Superior Court in Flemington New Jersey. First, the prosecutor must establish that the accused obtained money or property of another person or entity. The second thing that must be proven beyond reasonable doubt is that the defendant created or reinforced a false impression or prevented the victim from acquiring information which would affected his/her judgment or failed to correct a false impression despite possessing a duty to the victim. Third, the defendant must possess a purpose to deceive in order to be convicted for committing theft by deception in Clinton Township, Raritan Township, Readington, Flemington or another municipality in Hunterdon County.
When Is Theft By Deception A Crime Of The Second Degree, Third Degree or Fourth Degree, or a Disorderly Persons Offense?
Theft by deception is a disorderly persons offense when the victim sustains a loss of less than $200. When the damages are at least $200 but less than $500, theft by deception is a fourth-degree crime. Third-degree theft by deception applies where at least $500 but less than $75,000 is stolen. It is a second-degree crime to commit a theft by deception involving $75,000 or more.
What Are The Penalties If You Are Convicted Of Theft By Deception At The Hunterdon County Superior Court In Flemington New Jersey?
The severity of the penalties for theft by deception depending on the grade of offense. A second-degree crime for theft by deception results in a fine of up to $150,000 and 5-10 years in prison. The maximum fine is $15,000 and imprisonment is up to 5 years for a third-degree crime. Fourth-degree theft by deception carries up to 18 months in state prison and a fine that can reach $10,000. A disorderly persons offense for theft by deception, the lowest grade of this charge, triggers up to 6 months in the county jail and a fine of $1,000.
Theft By Deception Lawyer in Flemington New Jersey
Being arrested for theft by deception, credit card fraud, bad checks and similar criminal charges can throw your life into turmoil. Hiring the best Hunterdon County theft offense defense attorney you can identify is the biggest thing you can do to escape the pitfalls of a conviction. The attorneys at our firm have precisely what you need to fulfill the goal of moving on with your life without a huge blemish. We know exactly what it takes to secure an acquittal, downgrade or even Pretrial Intervention so you keep your record intact. Call 908-824-0855 to speak to an lawyer immediately.
The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall defends theft by deception charges filed in Flemington, Raritan Township, East Amwell, Clinton Township, Tewksbury, Readington, Union Township, Lebanon, Lambertville, Bethlehem, Alexandria, Glen Gardner, Delaware Township, Stockton, Bloomsbury, Holland, High Bridge, Kingwood, Hampton, Frenchtown and other Hunterdon County municipalities.