Did a Police Officer Tell You Not To Worry About Your Case?
"You won't go to jail"
"The judge or store will drop the charges"
"You don't need an attorney just plead guilty"

A police officer is promoted based on the number of arrests and convictions he makes.  
The Police are not on your side, but they are allowed to give you this impression to get your confession.   
As indicated above the penalties for shopifting are serious and will affect you for the rest of your life.  
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The Law: What is Shoplifting Simplified Version
The Law and Penalties for shoplifting are listed below. The punishment is
based on the value (price) of the merchandise taken. Please note that even if
the value of the merchandise is only $1.00 you can still be charged with
Shoplifting and still face up to 180 days in jail.  

Value of Merchandise is less than $200.00:
Shoplifting is a disorderly persons offense if the full retail value of the merchandise is less than $200.

Sentence if found Guilty:
 Up to 180 days in Jail plus fine, plus community service as indicated
below.  Case will generally be heard in Municipal Court with a Judge Trial.  No Jury is available.
These are the penalties for a first offense.
Click here to learn about additional penalties for all offenders.  
If a second offense, same penalties as above but add additional community service time as indicated
below.

Value of Merchandise is between $200.00 and up to $500.00
Shoplifting constitutes a crime of the fourth degree if the full retail value of the merchandise  is at least
$200 but does not exceed $500.

Sentence if found Guilty:  
Up to 18 Months in Jail plus fine plus community service as  
indicated below. Case will be heard in Superior Court with a Judge or Jury Trial.  
Click here to learn
about additional penalties for all offenders.  If a second offense, same penalties as above but add
additional community service time as indicated below.

Value of Merchandise is more than $500.00, but less than $75,000.00
Shoplifting constitutes a crime of the third degree if the full retail value of the merchandise exceeds
$500 but is less than  $75,000, or the offense is committed in furtherance of or in conjunction with an
organized retail theft enterprise and the full retail value of the merchandise is less than $1,000.  

Sentence if found Guilty:
3 to 5 years in Jail plus fine, plus community service as indicated
below
.  Click here to learn about additional penalties for all offenders.  Case will be heard in Superior
Court with a Judge or Jury Trial.  If a second offense, same penalties as above but add additional
community service time as indicated below.

Value of Merchandise is more than $1000 if committed by two or more
people or $75,000 if committed by one person.
Shoplifting constitutes a crime of the second degree if the full retail value of the merchandise is  
$75,000 or more, or the offense is committed in furtherance of or in conjunction with an organized retail
theft enterprise and the full retail value of the merchandise is $1,000 or more.  An organized retail theft
enterprise is considered to be any association of two or more persons who engage in the conduct of or
are associated for the purpose of effectuating the transfer or sale of shoplifted merchandise (i.e.
organized retail theft enterprise means two people working together to steal merchandise and later sell it)

Sentence if found Guilty:
5 to 10 years in Jail plus fine of up to $150,000, plus community service
as indicated below.
 Case will be heard in Superior Court with a Judge or Jury Trial.  If a second
offense, same penalties as above but add additional community service time as indicated below.

Additional Penalties for All Grades: Community Service Required:  In addition to the
penalties noted above, any person convicted of a shoplifting offense shall be sentenced to     
perform community service as follows:  for a first offense, at least ten days of community
service; for a second offense, at least 15 days of community service; and for a third or  
subsequent offense, a maximum of 25 days of community service

Presumptions.  Any person purposely concealing unpurchased merchandise of any store or other
retail mercantile establishment, either on the premises or outside the premises of such store or other
retail mercantile establishment, shall be prima facie presumed to have so concealed such merchandise
with the intention of depriving the merchant of the possession, use or benefit of such merchandise
without paying the full retail value thereof, and the finding of such merchandise concealed upon the
person or among the belongings of such person shall be prima facie evidence of purposeful concealment;
and if such person conceals, or causes to be concealed, such merchandise upon the person or among
the belongings of another, the finding of the same shall also be prima facie evidence of willful
concealment on the part of the person so concealing such merchandise.

Definition of Shoplifting: Shoplifting shall consist of any one or more of the following acts:

(1) For any person purposely to take possession of, carry away, transfer or cause to be carried
away or transferred, any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store
or other retail mercantile establishment with the intention of depriving the merchant of the
possession, use or benefit of such merchandise or converting the same to the use of such
person without  paying to the merchant the full retail value thereof.

(2) For any person purposely to conceal upon his person or otherwise any merchandise offered
for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment with the intention of depriving
the merchant of the processes, use or benefit of such merchandise or converting the same to
the use of such person without paying to the merchant the value thereof.

(3) For any person purposely to alter, transfer or remove any label, price tag or marking indicia              
of value or any other markings which aid in determining value affixed to any merchandise
displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment
and to attempt to purchase such merchandise personally or in consort with another at less
than the full retail value with the intention of depriving the merchant of all or some part of the
value thereof.

(4) For any person purposely to transfer any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for
sale by any store or other retail merchandise establishment from the container in or on which
the same shall be displayed to any other container with intent to deprive the merchant of all
or some part of the retail value thereof.

(5) For any person purposely to under-ring with the intention of depriving the merchant of the
full retail value thereof.

(6) For any person purposely to remove a shopping cart from the premises of a store or other
retail mercantile establishment without the consent of the merchant given at the time of
such removal with the intention of permanently depriving the merchant of the possession,
use or benefit of such cart.

Shoplifting is a Theft Offense:  NJ Theft charges/offenses are categorized in four different
degrees depending on the amount alleged to have been unlawfully taken as indicated above.  Thus,
a conviction for shoplifting is considered not just merely shoplifting but theft, and as such the
person is called a thief.  Shoplifting is merely a new word for an ancient crime which has been
around since the birth of time.  To learn more about theft offenses
click here.  To learn more about
the consequences of a conviction
click here.  If you have been charged with theft don't just hire
any attorney hire Attorney Aalsberg he has over 7000 satisfied clients and can get you results.  
Call today and find out how he can help you.  The call is free the advice may be priceless.

How is the value of merchandise evaluated: Value means the fair market value of the property
at the time and place of the alleged theft. Fair market value is the price that a buyer would be
willing to pay and a seller would be willing to accept if both parties were aware of all the relevant
surrounding circumstances and neither party were under any compulsion to buy or sell.  The key
words in the law is compulsion to sell.  Thus, courts have ruled that even if a product is on sale at
the time it is shoplifted the fair market value would be the ordinary or regular price of the item, not
the then current sale or clearance price.   

* Please consult a New Jersey Shoplifting Lawyer for complete details on all fines and penalties listed
above as the
shoplifting penalties listed in this website are for informational purposes only and may
contain error or omissions.  All shoplifting penalties indicated above were checked for accuracy at the
time of publication but are subject to change at any time without notice. Past performance is not
indicative of future performance and each case is fact sensitive, thus, the need for the in office
consultation for the attorney to evaluate your shoplifting case.  Some penalties may not apply to out of
state residents who were caught shoplifting.  Please consult a shoplifting attorney in your state of
residence.  All penalties listed were accurate as of time of publication and are subject to change at any
time without notice. H. Scott Aalsberg, Esq., P.C. Main office address: 39 Milltown Road, East
Brunswick, N.J. 08816. Commentary: Quirks in the Law do exist.  For example for the lowest offense
no presumption against incarceration (jail) exists for a first offense so a person convicted of shoplifting
could go to jail up to 180  days.  Call our office at 1-800-9-RIGHTS to set up a free in office
consultation to see if you qualify for a diversionary program for your offense.  Diversionary programs
may not be available for non US citizens.  98% Success Rate refers to the percentage of cases  in which
our office has either reduced the original charges, had the charges downgraded to a lower offense, won
the case or simply reduced the penalties the client was facing such as a possible 18 months in jail was
reduced to mere probation and a fine and or community service.
Helping Shoplifters Get Not Guilty
Verdicts For Over 18 Years
 Fact #1

 If you have been  
 charged with
 Shoplifting, the
 charges will
 probably be proven
 in court by the
 following method:

  1. Store video
    camera
  2. Loss
    prevention staff
  3. Eye Witness
    Testimony
  4. Statements
    made by
    yourself to the
    store or the
    police
Fact #2                         

Once you have been
arrested for
shoplifting the store,
on its own accord,
cannot dismiss or
reduce the charges.
Thus the need for
the best possible  
defense to win or
reduce the charges

FACT #3                 

We have a
98% Success Rate of
Winning
Reducing
Downgrading
or Eliminating
the penalties.
Why Go To
Anyone Else!
H. SCOTT AALSBERG, ESQ., P.C.
"The Shoplifters Attorney"
39 Milltown Road, East Brunswick, N.J. 08816
1028 Route #23 North, Wayne, N.J. 07470
1-800-9-RIGHTS or (732) 257-5040
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