New Jersey is the toughest State for 1st time
Shoplifters and Theft Offenders:
Although, some states like California may have tougher
sentencing provisions for third time shoplifting offenders, New
Jersey has taken the approach of implementing tough
sentences for 1st time offenders in hopes of preventing a
second or third arrest. If you plead or are found guilty to any
shoplifting or theft charge in New Jersey either in municipal or
superior court you will be subject to the following penalties
with no exceptions:
A Shoplifting or Theft Conviction In NJ
Updated October 2015
The 4 Biggest Mistakes To Avoid Making When Choosing a Shoplifting or Theft Defense Lawyer:
1) Not hiring the Best Shoplifting Lawyer to protect your rights and reputation. You future job, and income will depend on the results.
2) Hiring a lawyer based on price and not on success rate. Price is important but if you don't win and get convicted of shoplifting, you wasted
any money that you spent. Just like you would not hire the cheapest surgeon, you should not hire a lawyer simply because he is cheaper.
3) Hiring a lawyer simply because he/she is close to your home. You need the best shoplifting lawyer not the closest - take the time and travel.
4) Not hiring a shoplifting lawyer soon enough to protect your rights. It's simple the more time your shoplifting lawyer has to work on your
case the better the result! Don't sit home and think about who to hire do your research today, make the decision today, thinking about what to do will only
make your outcome worse.
1. You will have a criminal record of conviction: If
you are reading this website you probably have already
been arrested by the police and have a criminal record of
arrest. Don't let this matter get worse and get a criminal
record of conviction. A criminal record of conviction may
prevent you from finding employment, seeking financial aid,
buying a house, renting an apartment or traveling outside
2. You may go to jail even for a first offense: Yes it
is true first time offenders can go to jail even for a dollar
store item. But a good shoplifting lawyer can lessen this
chance. Obviously your prior record, age, amount stolen,
type of product stolen and how the item was shoplifted will be
factors the judge will consider. A judge will be more lenient
on a person who stole food who has a low income versus a
person stealing designer clothes, makeup, jewelry or
3. You will have to pay Fines and Court Costs: The
more you steal the more you pay. For cases with less than
$200.00 stolen you will pay up to $1000.00 for cases with
more than $200.00 but less than $500.00 stolen you will pay
up to $10,000 For amounts taken over $500.00 but less than
$75,000 you will pay a fine of up to $15,000.00
5. You must pay restitution: If the court finds the (store)
has suffered a loss (example the clothing was damaged by
removing the tag you will have to pay the full retail value of the
item not the sale price)
4. You may be sentenced to a term of probation for
any shoplifting charge: If sentenced to probation you
will have to submit to random drug and urine testing and can
be prohibited from traveling outside the country.
6. You may be sentenced to a term of probation for
any shoplifting charge: If sentenced to probation you will
have to submit to random drug and urine testing and can be
prohibited from traveling outside NJ or the United States
9. You may be sued by the store in civil court: NJ
Law allows the store (victim) to sue you in civil court for the
stores reasonable cost in defending the shoplifting case (this
can be as little as $150.00 or up to several thousand dollars)
7. You may lose your job: If you are a public employee of
a government agency, school teacher, office holder or licensed
professional such as a nurse, school teacher, doctor or lawyer,
you could be required to forfeit your job or professional license
as a result of a shoplifting or theft conviction
8. If you are not a U.S. Citizen you may be jailed
and deported if you are found guilty of shoplifting.
10. You will be required to do Community Service.
For a first offense shoplifting conviction you must do 10 days
community service for 2nd or subsequent convictions it is up
to the judge to determine the amount of time.
11. You will be subject to increased insurance
premiums. Most insurance companies will raise your rates
for car insurance, homeowners insurance, life insurance etc.
12. The Judge has the power to order additional
penalties not listed: Some common penalties imposed by
judges for shoplifting and theft offenders include but are not
limited to ordering you not to visit a mall or store, ordering you
to wear an electronic monitoring device for a set period of time.
With over 22 years of experience Defending
Shoplifters in the State of NJ, the law offices of
Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg, Esq., P.C., can
offer you time proven defense techniques to
maximize the chances of winning your case.
Although no attorney by law can guarantee or
predict a future result of a case, our managing
attorney: H. Scott Aalsberg has a 98% success
rate of winning, reducing or eliminating the
penalties associated with a shoplifting or theft
charge. Since our firm was founded over
twenty years ago we have helped over 8000
clients. Let our experienced and time proven
defenses help you.
A proper defense for a Shoplifting or Theft
charge takes time, and just as if you had a heart
attack you would not wait to go to the hospital,
nor should you wait to hire the best lawyer.
Every hour and every day you wait, the harder it
will get to obtain a successful result. Call now
and set up a free in office consultation with one
of our experienced shoplifting or theft lawyers.
The consultation is free but the results could be
Since all shoplifting and theft charges in NJ
result in a criminal record, we can only offer in
office consultations and not phone
consultations to assure your privacy as the
government does monitor and sometimes
records all phones conversations. We do not
want to give up the best chance of winning your
case and this requires the privacy of our
communications in person.
Important Information for People Charged
with Shoplifting or Theft in New Jersey:
Put Shoplifting and Theft Charge Lawyer
H. Scott Aalsberg's 98% Success Rate
of Winning, Reducing or Eliminating the
Penalties to work for you!
Call 1-800-9-RIGHTS - Serving All of NJ
*98% Success Rate is based on the past shoplifting and theft cases and is not a guarantee of future results. Associate attorneys from the firm do have lower success rates. Past
performance is not indicative of future results. NJ Shoplifting Lawyer H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. has been selected as a Member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
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H. SCOTT AALSBERG, ESQ., P.C.
"The Shoplifters Attorney"
The Aalsberg Buildings
1028 Route #23 North, Wayne, N.J. 07470
39 Milltown Road, East Brunswick, N.J. 08816
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