Verona Shoplifting Lawyer
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People often misinterpret what it means to shoplift in New Jersey. Shoplifting can be more than taking an item off the shelf and putting it in your jacket. In New Jersey, a shoplifting offense can 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 to deprive the owner of its full value; under-ringing merchandise; or removing a shopping cart with no intention of returning it.
Shoplifting offenses can result in harsh penalties. For example, shoplifting merchandise between $200 and $500 is a fourth degree offense, which carries penalties of up to eighteen months in prison and a $10,000 fine. Therefore, a person who steals clothing from a store in Verona or purchases shoes after switching the price tag could possibly face imprisonment.
If you are charged with shoplifting in Verona, the amount of the merchandise taken will determine which New Jersey Court will handle your case. Verona Municipal Court handles shoplifting cases where the amount of merchandise taken totals less than $200. All other shoplifting cases are handled in Essex County Superior Court.
Essex County Superior Court is located at 50 West Market Street Newark, New Jersey. The Criminal Division of the Court handles shoplifting cases. Verona Municipal Court is located at 600 Bloomfield Ave., Verona, New Jersey. The Court handles a variety of minor criminal offenses and traffic infractions.
Those cases handled in Verona Municipal Court may still carry severe consequences. These may include:
Due to the seriousness of these consequences, it is wise to seek the advice of an experienced Verona shoplifting lawyer. The law firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC represents clients in Verona facing shoplifting offenses. Casey Woodruff, Gary Grabas and Robert C. Rowbotham, II are all former Prosecutors and have many years of experience handling shoplifting charges. Jon Bramnick is a Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with over 25 years of trial experience.
If you have been charged with a shoplifting offense in Verona, we may be able to assist you. Contact us at to schedule a free consultation.