New Jersey Theft Offenses and Charges for 2017
Note: Theft may be both a State and Federal Crime (Ex Credit Card theft or any theft
occurring across state lines) and you can be prosecuted by both the state and federal
authorities.  Below is a discussion of NJ Theft Charges and the Degrees
NJ Theft charges/offenses are categorized in four different degrees depending on the amount
alleged to have been unlawfully taken as indicated below.  The charge of Theft (2C:20-1) can
be anything from theft of property,
shoplifting (2C:20-11), receiving stolen property (2C:20-7)
theft by deception (2C:20-4), theft of services (2C:20-8),  fraud, writing bad checks, credit
card theft, or any means in which a person tricks, fools, extorts (2C:20-5) a person to part with
property under a false pretense or assumption.  Please note that
shoplifting has additional
community service penalties.  The most common theft offenses are offense where less than
$200.00 has been stolen.   

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Sentence: Up to 10 years in prison.  Ordinary Terms: Jail 7 to 10 years, Fines and Probation

A theft charge is a second degree crime if the value of the items are worth $75,000 or more or if:
•The property is taken by extortion;
•The property stolen is a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog and the
quantity is in excess of one kilogram;
•The property stolen is a person's benefits under federal or State law, or from any other source,
which the Department of Human Services or an agency acting on its behalf has budgeted for the
person's health care and the amount involved is $75,000 or more; or
•The property stolen is human remains or any part thereof.



Sentence: Up to 5 years in Jail.  Ordinary Terms: 3 to 5 years in Jail, Fines and Probation

A theft charge is a third degree crime if the value of the items are worth more than $500, but not more
than $75,000 or if:
•The property stolen is a firearm (gun, rifle, pistol), or a motor vehicle, vessel, boat, horse, domestic
companion animal or airplane;
•The property stolen is a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog and the
amount involved is less than $75,000.00 or is undetermined and the quantity is one kilogram or less;
•It is in breach of an obligation by a person in his capacity as a fiduciary;
•It is by threat not amounting to extortion;
•It is of a public record, writing or instrument kept, filed or deposited according to law with or in the
keeping of any public office or public servant;
•The property stolen is a person's benefits under federal or State law, or from any other source,
which the Department of Human Services or an agency acting on its behalf has budgeted for the
person's health care and the amount involved is less than $75,000;
•The property stolen is any real or personal property related to, necessary for, or derived from
research, regardless of value, including, but not limited to, any sample, specimens and components
thereof, research subject, including any warm-blooded or cold-blooded animals being used for
research or intended for use in research, supplies, records, data or test results, prototypes or
equipment, as well as any proprietary information or other type of information related to research;
•The property stolen is a New Jersey Prescription Blank as referred to in; or
•The property stolen consists of an access device or a defaced access device.
•Improper Use of Credit Card also may be charged as a 4th Degree Offense see below.



Sentence: Up to 18 Months in Jail, Fines and Probation

Theft is a crime of the fourth degree if  the value of the items are worth more than $200, but not more
than $500 or if the theft is by means of a credit card in which case the crime could be a third degree
crime depending on how charged by the police and prosecutor.

Examples of credit card theft include: having two or more credit cards in your possession that have
names other than your own even if the cards are never used.  Using a card that has someone else’s
name on it , creating a false credit card, to use a credit card even though the account has been
closed, or to sign a credit card when the signer is not the named person on the credit card.
Credit card theft is a specific form of a theft crime that is unrelated to the "value" of the theft.
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NJ Theft Charge (Municipal Court) Disorderly Persons Offense:  Heard in Municipal Court

Sentence: Up to 6 Months in Jail, Fine of up to $1000.00, Probation term to be determined by court.
A theft charge is classified as a disorderly persons charge under New Jersey law if the amount
involved is under $200.  However please note that this will be marked on the NCIC database as a
criminal offense and as such employers are free to consider a person charged with a disorderly
person offense a criminal.  This is the most frequently issued theft charge as most theft crimes are
for less than $200.00.  Historically shoplifting was originally charged as theft until the legislature
increased the penalties for shoplifting making shoplifting an offense with even more penalties than
theft. (lawyers note: better to steal from a person than a store)  In addition to a criminal record
even a theft of $1.00 can still subject you to up to 180 days in jail, thus skilled legal representation
is important to make sure you stay out of jail.  Put Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg, Esq., 98% Success
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NJ Theft Facts:
  • Theft is a very broad criminal charge
    in NJ and includes everything from
    stealing, robbery, shoplifting or even
    using another persons credit card.
  • Except for drug related crimes, theft
    is the 2nd most frequently charged
    crime in most states.
  • The best defense to a theft charge is
    to hire the best theft Lawyer.
  • Theft charges have many defenses
    but these defenses must be brought
    to the courts attention at the soonest
    possible time to insure the most
    successful defense. Thus, the
    sooner you hire one of our
    experienced NJ theft lawyers the
    more he can do to help you!
What is a Theft Charge in NJ:
Theft Charges in Municipal Court:  
The Most Commonly Charged Theft Offense
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*Lawyers Note:  Many NJ Theft charges are originally sent
to Municipal Court and if the amount is over $200.00 then
transferred to Superior Court as a Degree Theft Crime.   
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