Shoplifting in New Jersey – 2C:20-11

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Our law office has represented several individuals in shoplifting matters. If you’ve been charged with shoplifting, it is probably a good idea to talk to an attorney right away so you understand your rights and what you are facing.

If you have been charged with shoplifting, the degree of penalty are related to the full retail value of what was stolen. Your case outcome will be based on the facts of your situation. Our job is to represent you in court and be your guardian. We will communicate with the prosecutor and judge on your behalf and do our best to represent you.

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What are the penalties for shoplifting?

In New Jersey, the penalties for shoplifting are related to the full retail value of the merchandise that was stolen.

Disorderly Persons Offense. If the full retail value is less than $200 you can be fined up to $1,000 and sentenced to up to 6 months of imprisonment.

4th Degree Shoplifting. If the full retail value is between $200 and $500 you can be fined up to $10,000 and be sentenced for up to 18 months of imprisonment.

3rd Degree Shoplifting. If the full retail value is over $500 but less than $75,000 you can be fined up to $15,000 and sentenced for 3-5 years of imprisonment.

2nd Degree Shoplifting. Full retail value is $75,000 or more, you can be fined up to $150,000 and sentenced to 5-10 years of imprisonment.

Additional mandatory penalties for convictions of shoplifting include:

For a first shoplifting offense you can be sentenced to at least 10 days of community service;
If you are convicted of a second shoplifting offense, you can be sentenced to at least 15 days of community service; and
If you are convicted a third time (or more) you can receive up to 25 days of community service and imprisonment for not less than 90 days.

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