Shoplifting Attorney in Berkeley Heights, NJ
Aggressive Retail Theft Lawyers Help Clients Fight Shoplifting Charges in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
The law firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC represents individuals who have been charged with shoplifting. If you have been charged with a shoplifting offense in Berkeley Heights, we may be able to assist you. Our defense attorneys have many years of experience handling shoplifting cases. Casey Woodruff, Gary Grabas, and Robert Rowbotham, II. are former Prosecutors. Jon Bramnick is a Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with over 30 years of trial experience.
If you were arrested for shoplifting in Berkeley Heights, your case will be handled in either Berkeley Heights Municipal Court or Union County Superior Court depending on the value of the merchandise.
Berkeley Heights Municipal Court handles shoplifting cases where the amount of merchandise taken totals less than $200. All other shoplifting cases are handled in Union County Superior Court.
Union County Superior Court is located at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The Criminal Division of the Court handles shoplifting cases. Berkeley Heights Municipal Court is located at 29 Park Avenue. The Honorable Donald P. Bogoslian presides over the Court. The Court handles a variety of minor criminal offenses and traffic infractions. Shoplifting charges, in particular, are prevalent in Berkeley Heights Municipal Court.
Severe Penalties for Shoplifting Offenses in Berkeley Heights, NJ
The penalty for a defendant convicted of shoplifting also depends on the value of the merchandise. The table below outlines the penalties for each offense.
Merchandise ValueImprisonment FineType of Offense$75,000 or more5 – 10 yearsUp to $150,0002nd DegreeOver $500 and less than $75,0003 – 5 yearsUp to $150,0003rd Degree$200 to $500Up to 18 monthsUp to $10,0004th DegreeLess than $200Up to 6 monthsUp to $1,000Disorderly Persons
In New Jersey, shoplifting offenses include:
- Taking merchandise without paying the full retail price;
- Concealing merchandise with the intent to deprive the owner of its full value;
- Altering, transferring, or removing the label or price tag of any merchandise with the intent to deprive the owner of its full value;
- Transferring merchandise from one container to another with the intent of depriving the owner of its full value;
- Under-ringing merchandise; or
- Removing a shopping cart with no intention of returning it.
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