The shoplifting laws of NJ include special provisions for thefts which occur in accordance with an organized enterprise. If you or a loved one has been charged with being part of an organized retail theft enterprise under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11, our criminal defense law firm is available to assist you. Make no mistake, the penalties resulting from a conviction on this charge are severe, so it is in your best interest to retain an attorney experienced in shoplifting. Our lawyers are available to assist you immediately, so do not hesitate to contact our office. Give us a call now at 1-877-450-8301 and one of our attorneys will address your concerns.
What is an “Organized Retail Theft Enterprise”
The NJ Shoplifting Law imposes enhanced penalties for those who shoplift as part of an “organized retail theft enterprise”. This term is defined as the association of two or more individuals for the purpose of effectuating the transfer of merchandise that has been shoplifted.
Grading of Charges
The degree of crime escalated under NJ law where a shoplifting involves an organized retail theft enterprise. It is a second degree offense, as opposed to the usual third degree shoplifting, whenever someone shoplifts merchandise with a value in excess of $1,000 consistent with an organized retail theft enterprise. Any other shoplift undertaken by an organized retail theft enterprise is a third degree crime even if it involves merchandise of limited value. It should also be kept in mind that for purposes of computing the value of merchandise for grading, merchandise taken by members of an organized retail theft enterprise may be aggregated.
Experienced Shoplifting Lawyers
If you or a loved one was charged with an offense under the organized retail theft provisions of the New Jersey Shoplifting Law, our lawyers can assist you. Every attorney at our firm has many years of experience defending shoplifting charges and would be happy to put this skill to use on your behalf. Give us a call anytime at 1-877-450-8301 and speak to one of our attorneys without obligation. A lawyer is just a telephone call away.