Shoplifting Offenses

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:

  1. It is a Disorderly Persons Offense where the value of the merchandise is $200 or less;
  2. It is a Fourth Degree Crime where the value of the merchandise is between $200 and $500;
  3. It is a Third Degree Crime where the value of the merchandise is between $500 and $75,000; and
  4. It is a Second Degree Crime where the value of the merchandise is in excess of $75,000.