Shoplifting is a type of theft, just like robbery, fraud, and embezzlement. What sets shoplifting apart from these other types of theft is that it is committed specifically against retailers, rather than against individuals or groups. Because shoplifting is generally a nonviolent type of theft that results in the loss of relatively inexpensive items (generally $200 or less) and is frequently carried out by adolescents, many people think it is a relatively minor offense. But it is not. Shoplifting, like other types of theft, is a criminal offense that can result in serious penalties.
If you have been charged with shoplifting, work with an experienced criminal defense attorney to determine a way to defend your case in court. Do not assume that you must simply take your penalties – in most cases, you can defend your case and have your charge reduced or dismissed.
Shoplifting is more than simply taking items off store shelves and leaving without paying for them, though this is a type of shoplifting that occurs in New Jersey stores and shops across the country.
Shoplifting can also include any of the following actions:
Whether an individual shoplifting crime is charged as a disorderly persons offense or an indictable offense depends on the monetary value of the items stolen.
Even for a seemingly-minor charge like shoplifting, it is important that you seek a receive adequate legal representation for your case. Otherwise, you could find yourself facing penalties and carrying a criminal record for the rest of your life. For legal guidance and representation when you are facing a shoplifting charge, contact The Law Office of Eric B. Hannum Esq., LLC. We are located in Lakewood, New Jersey, and serve clients in Ocean, Monmouth, Mercer, Burlington, and Middlesex counties.