Linden Shoplifting Attorney

Arrested for Shoplifting in Linden

Charged with Shoplifting in Union County

If you have been charged with shoplifting in Linden, you are facing a NJ theft crime that calls into question your trustworthiness as an employee, tenant, student, and as a person who can be trusted with a mortgage or loan. Fortunately there are many solid defenses to shoplifting in New Jersey that can turn your future around. My name is Anthony N. Palumbo and at The Law Offices of Palumbo & Renaud, I provide clients with vigorous and diligent representation at every stage of a Linden shoplifting case. I have a skilled defense team of investigators and experts that are experienced in handling cases involving shoplifting, receiving stolen property, identity theft, theft of services, writing bad checks, auto theft, theft by extortion, and theft by unlawful taking. For information on how to defeat your theft offense today, contact The Law Offices of Palumbo & Renaud for a Free Initial Consultation at 1-866-664-8118 and learn which defenses may work against your Linden shoplifting charge.

I was a shoplifting prosecutor for major corporate franchises before I became a shoplifting defense attorney. My experiences on both sides of the law has helped me to successfully defend thousands of shoplifting cases. If you have been charged with shoplifting, call an experienced shoplifting lawyer. I can help you.

Linden Shoplifting Case

Take a look at a shoplifting case in New Jersey in which three individuals were ultimately arrested and charged. This case is a great example of how charges apply in shoplifting cases.

Three individuals were arrested for a shoplifting incident in Rite Aid. The first was a 14-year-old boy who stole several pairs of socks from the drug store. The degree of a shoplifting charge is based on the price of merchandise and is determined by the amount of all stolen items added together. Therefore, the charge would be based on the total amount of all pairs of socks, not each pair. If the merchandise is worth less than $200, the charge is a disorderly persons offense which carries up to 6 months in prison, fines and the judge could order the defendant to pay back the amount of the stolen items.

Therefore, the 14-year-old boy in this case probably would have been charged with 4 th degree shoplifting, but this was not the case because as he was stealing the socks, he pushed an employee at Rite Aid. As a result, he was charged with robbery. Under New Jersey law, if someone uses force against a victim in order to steal something, it is robbery. Robbery is much more serious than shoplifting and is usually a 2 nd degree crime which carries penalties of up to 10 years in prison and requires that NERA (No Early Release Act) applies. This means that a defendant must serve 85% of his sentence if convicted before becoming eligible for parole. 85% of ten years is 8.5 years in jail.

When this 14-year-old boy stole the merchandise, he was not apprehended by police right away. The police did not find the boy until later and by that time the stolen merchandise was in the possession of a 19-year-old man. The 19-year-old man was charged with receiving stolen property. In order to be charged with receiving stolen property, it is not necessary to know that the property is stolen, so long as it can be proved that you believed the property was stolen. Receiving stolen property in an amount of less than $200 is a disorderly persons offense which carries up to 6 months in prison and $1,000 in fines.

For more information on shoplifting in New Jersey, including the shoplifting process for juveniles and the laws for detaining a suspect on location, visit my shoplifting homepage.

Linden Shoplifting Lawyer

My name is Anthony N. Palumbo and I am a criminal defense lawyer with more than 35 years of powerful criminal law experience behind each one of my cases. I thoroughly analyze the prosecution's case and work aggressively challenge discrepancies in the evidence. At The Law Offices of Palumbo & Renaud, I do everything in my power to avoid the negative consequences of your theft or shoplifting charge. To discuss your rights and options with an experienced shoplifting defense lawyer, contact me today for a free consultation at 1-866-664-8118 with no obligation.