West Orange Shoplifting Attorneys
Theft Defense Lawyers Represent Clients Facing Shoplifting Charges in West Orange, NJ
West Orange is home to the Essex Green Shopping Plaza located on Prospect Ave. This location houses a wide range of shops, stores and boutiques. This often gives rise to a number of shoplifting arrests by the West Orange Police Department.
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.
Severe Penalties for Shoplifting Offenses in West Orange, New Jersey
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 West Orange or purchases shoes after switching the price tag could possibly face imprisonment.
If you are charged with shoplifting in West Orange, the amount of the merchandise taken will determine which New Jersey Court will handle your case. West Orange 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. West Orange Municipal Court is located at 66 Main Street, West Orange, New Jersey. The Court handles a variety of minor criminal offenses and traffic infractions.
Disorderly Persons Offense Shoplifting Charges Handled in West Orange Municipal Court
Those cases handled in West Orange Municipal Court may still carry severe consequences. These may include:
- Fines and Penalties
- Community Service
- Possible Jail Time
The West Orange Municipal Court is located in downtown West Orange. Directions are below.
Free Consultations Available – West Orange Shoplifting Lawyer
Due to the seriousness of the consequences that go along with a shoplifting conviction, it is wise to seek the advice of an experienced West Orange shoplifting lawyer. The law firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC represents clients in West Orange 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 West Orange, we may be able to assist you. Contact us at to schedule a free consultation. You can reach us 24 hours a day: (973) 273-0023.
Directions to Downtown West Orange
From the North and NY City:
- Take the GW Bridge to I-95 South. Stay on I-95 South to Route 280 West, follow directions below from the East.
From the South and Philadelphia:
- Take NJ Turnpike/I-95 North. Take Exit 11 for the Garden State Parkway. Take the Garden State Parkway North to Exit 145 for Route 280 West. Follow directions below from the East.
From the East:
- Take 280 West to Exit 10. Turn Right onto Northfield Avenue. To go to Main Street, take Northfield Ave. to the light and make a sharp left onto Main Street. To go to Valley Road, take Northfield Ave. to light and make a right onto Valley Road.
From the West:
- Take 80 East to Route 280 East towards Newark and the Oranges. On Rte 280 East, get off at Exit 9 for Mt. Pleasant Ave. to Montclair and West Orange. Turn Left onto Mt. Pleasant Avenue, take to light at Main St. Turn left for the Main Street business district. Turn Right for the Valley Road/Northfield Ave. area of the downtown.