Theft Crimes

Union County, NJ Theft Crimes Lawyer

Sometimes the definition of a theft crime can include innocent behavior like when a frazzled mom puts grocery items beneath a shopping cart and forgets to pay for them, or when a teen sips a drink in a store and casually throws out the bottle without thinking. There are many different theft laws in New Jersey that vary based on the items stolen, the intent behind the act, and the circumstances surrounding the incident. Theft of Services, Theft by Extortion, Identity Theft, Auto Theft, Theft of Property Lost, Mislaid, or Delivered by Mistake, Computer Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Shoplifting, Theft by Unlawful Taking, and Theft by Deception are all different theft crimes in Union County.

My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, and I am a Union County Theft Crimes Attorney . I handle all different Theft offenses and have successfully tried hundreds of theft offenses in Union County and throughout New Jersey. I know how to negotiate with the prosecution, reduce your charges, and keep your record clean. Contact me today for a free initial consultation by phone or in person at 1-866-664-8118. I defend individuals throughout Union County in Clark, Cranford, Elizabeth Roselle Park , Linden, Roselle, Mountainside, and Garwood.

For 10 years, I worked on behalf of four large department stores, prosecuting theft cases. I obtained this employment after I obtained (4) consecutive not guilty verdicts in municipal court trials. I am also a former Union County Assistant Prosecutor, and former Cranford Municipal Prosecutor. My experience as a prosecutor has given me a unique edge as a theft defense attorney. Contact me for a free initial consultation at 1-866-664-8118. The Law Offices of Palumbo & Renaud is located at 90 North Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey 07016 and 740 Newark Avenue, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07208

Union County Theft Crimes

In New Jersey, not all theft charges are determined by the value of the stolen property. For example, charges for Theft of Auto or Identity Theft are not dependent on monetary value. However, charges for other theft crimes like Receiving Stolen Property, Shoplifting, Theft by Unlawful Taking, and Theft by Deception are based on the value of property stolen. The value of property is determined based on the market value at the time of the theft.

Petty Theft

Under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-2, Petty theft results when the stolen property is valued at less than $200. Petty theft is a disorderly persons offense which is a minor non-indictable offense under New Jersey law. Take a look at the following penalties that result from a conviction of petty theft.

Less than $200

  • Up to 6 months in prison
  • $1,000 in fines
  • Restitution for stolen property

Restitution is a penalty that applies to all theft offenses, and it means you have to pay back the owner the market value of the property at the time it was stolen.

Indictable Theft

Under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-2, indictable theft is divided into 2nd, 3rd, and 4th degree charges based on the value of the property stolen. The higher the value of the property stolen, the greater the charges will be, and the greater the penalty if an individual is convicted. Take a look at the following breakdown of the different property values and their resulting charges.

Less than $500, but more than $200

  • 4th degree crime
  • Up to 18 months in prison
  • $25,000 in fines
  • Restitution for stolen property

Between $500 and $75,000

  • 3rd degree crime
  • 3 to 5 years in prison
  • Restitution for stolen property

$75,000 or more

  • 2nd degree crime
  • 5 to 10 years in prison
  • Restitution for stolen property

I am Anthony N. Palumbo, partner at Palumbo and Renaud, and I am ready to defend your Union County Theft charge. Contact me today at 1-866-664-8118 for a free initial consultation. We can discuss your situation by phone or in person, whichever is most convenient for you. Each case is different, and the specifics of your defense will depend on the facts of your case, the charges brought, and the evidence against you, but I am confident that with my experience, you will receive the best possible outcome given the circumstances of your case.