New Jersey Shoplifting Conviction Needs to be Avoided by a Visa Holder

New Jersey court statistics show that shoplifting arrests are up throughout the state. Many attribute this to the downturn in the economy. Irrespective, it is clear that our criminal defense law firm has seen a spike in retail theft charges. A significant portion of those arrested involves suspects who are not a citizen, for example, a green card holder or even visa holder (e.g. H1 or H4). A Continue Reading...

Types of Shoplifting Offenses

Types of “Shoplifting” under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11 Purposely taking possession of merchandise and attempting to carry it away; Concealing merchandise for the purpose of depriving the merchant of its value; Altering labeling in order to manipulate the value of the merchandise; and Under-ringing the value of merchandise. Continue Reading...

NJ Shoplifting Offenses Explained

The New Jersey Shoplifting Law is contained at N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11. The grade of criminal offense that a shoplifting charge will trigger is contingent upon the value of the merchandise allegedly stolen. In this regard, the statute provides as follows: It is a Disorderly Persons Offense where the value of the merchandise is $200 or less; It is a Fourth Degree Crime where the value of the Continue Reading...