Charged with Shoplifting

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The Consequences of Shoplifting even a dollar store item in NJ can:

1) Result in Jail
2) Result in a Criminal Record
3) Prevent you from obtaining a job
4) Increase your home and auto insurance rates
5) Require you to perform community service
6) Require payment of a civil penalty
7) For Shoplifting Charges over $200.00 You Will be put in the DNA database
8) Denial of entry to certain foreign countries or removal & deportation for non-citizens

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NJ Shoplifting Fines and Penalties if convicted in NJ:

Value of Item(s) $.01 to $200.00: Up to 180 days in Jail, Community Service, and Fine
Value of Item(s) $200.01 to $500.00: Up to 18 Months in Jail, Community Service, and Fine
Value of Item(s) $500.01 to $75,000.00: 3 to 5 Years in Jail, Community Service, and Fine
Value of Item(s) $75,000.00 or Greater: 5 to 10 Years In Jail, Community Service, and Fine

*All Shoplifting and Theft Charges Will Result in a criminal record* which may affect your job, credit rating, increase the cost of insurance and effect your immigration status. Help is only a phone call away!

If you have been charged with shoplifting in New Jersey you may go to jail, even on a first offense. Whether you have taken a dollar store item or a $250.00 piece of jewelry the penalties you face are the same: jail, community service, probation, and a fine imposed by the court. The penalties for shoplifting are severe and go up with the value of the item taken. A conviction will affect the rest of your life. Job opportunities once possible will be harder to get, even traveling to some foreign countries could be barred for life. Once convicted of a Shoplifting Charge in New Jersey you will have a criminal record. A Shoplifting conviction is a public record that anyone can see just by googling your name. Don't let a criminal record ruin you chances of getting that important job, financial aid for school or even public assistance. Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg can help even if you did it! A proper shoplifting defense in New Jersey will not just look at what you did but the actions of the store. But even if the store did everything correct don't worry! Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg has a 98%* Success Rate of Winning, Reducing or Eliminating the Penalties for all NJ Shoplifting and Theft Charges! The shoplifting lawyer you choose can make a difference, choose only the Best!

Charged with Shoplifting (2C-20-11) in NJ? It's A Criminal Offense - We Can Help!

It is a fact that if you have been charged with Shoplifting (2C:20-11) in NJ you are probably guilty. Nearly 90% of all shoplifting cases use video proof. But that doesn't mean that you have to be found guilty, go to jail or even serve community service. It is not necessarily what you did, but what the store has done. A good lawyer will not just rely on the defense of what you did but also, what the store did wrong. It's simple if you want the best result you must hire the best lawyer. Attorney Aalsberg will:

  • Treat Your Case With The Time it Needs - a general rule in life is you get what you pay for - You may get a lower fee from some lawyers but what is that lawyers success rate? If they don't advertise it - a reason probably exists. Attorney Aalsberg's rate is 98% for all shoplifting, theft and criminal charges he handles. That's because he puts in the time needed to get you the best result.
  • Meticulously Review the Fact of your case not just from your side but from the discovery given by the state including review and if necessary subpoena any video and loss prevention officers reports. You may think the video will be bad for our case but sometimes it can actually help you win for example by showing a distraction or a discrepancy from a written report.
  • Provide your Case with the Aggressive Trial or Negotiation Advocacy it requires.

You must take action now. A good lawyer will need time to work on your case. Time can never be replaced. Every day you wait makes it harder for even the best lawyer to defend your case as most defenses have time limitations which every lawyer must meet. Time is not just needed for the lawyer to work on your case, but also for your lawyer to advise you on how the time before court can be used to rehabilitate you to look the best in the judge's eye. A judge is not just concerned about what you did in the past but what you may do in the future. Don't wait call now to learn how we can help win, reduce or eliminate the penalties you face! The call and consultation is free, but the results could be priceless.

Charged With Shoplifting In NJ?

Without A Proper Shoplifting Defense You Face :

  • Jail
  • Community Service
  • Probation
  • Court Costs and Fines

Shoplifting is considered Theft. NJ Theft offense penalties are the same as shoplifting penalties except that shoplifting also includes mandatory community service of 10 days for 1st time offenders and 15 days for a second or greater offense. A Theft charge in NJ is thus considered a downgrade charge for shoplifting.

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Arrested for Shoplifting or Theft? Get The Best Shoplifting Lawyer to put the Best Chance of Winning on your side even if your guilty!

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Why You Need Attorney Aalsberg On Your Side For Your NJ Shoplifting Charge:

When your future is at stake can you afford not to have the best lawyer on your side? Sure you will pay more for the best as in life you always get what you pay for, but with Attorney Aalsberg Success Rate of 98%* to Win, Reduce or Eliminate the Penalties you can be assured that you will get the best result possible. Don't risk your future job prospects, education or immigration status if you have been charged with shoplifting. Call Attorney Aalsberg today and setup your free in office consultation. If a way out exists he will find it for you!

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The Best Shoplifting Defense is to hire the Best Shoplifting Lawyer and never get convicted!

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The Best Way to Win your NJ Shoplifting or Theft Charge is to hire the Best Shoplifting / Theft Lawyer.

With over 30 years of experience, 12,000 past cases and a reputation and industry awards to prove his success you can be assured that when you choose the Law Office of Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg, Esq., P.C. to represent you that you will get the best possible result for your case. You may find other lawyers and you may even pay less, but will you get the same result for your shoplifting or theft charge? Will your lawyer have a 98%* success rate to Win, Reduce or Eliminate the Charges? Does that other Attorney put his/her success rating in writing on the Web?

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You only have one chance to Win and you will never get another chance to do it over. Protecting your record and criminal history today is the most important decision you can make about your future. Shoplifting was your first mistake, don't make another mistake by not hiring a lawyer or hiring the wrong lawyer. You need a winning defense. Witnesses may need to be interviewed, evidence obtained, and most important, you need to be rehabilitated before court. Every defense takes time. Don't waste this time sitting home thinking about what to do. Call now and setup your free in office consultation. The more time we have to work on your shoplifting or theft charge the better the result we can get, and in the end the result is all that should matter.

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Defenses to Shoplifting that don't work in NJ:

I didn’t take the item out of the store: It is not a defense to shoplifting in NJ that you never took the item out of the store: The law on shoplifting in NJ is so strict that you can be convicted even if you never left the store. The mere act of concealment in your clothes, in a bag, or covered mistakenly under a baby stroller or cart has resulted in the actor being convicted of shoplifting. The courts have said that a persons state of mind in whether they intended to shoplift is determined by the resulting and surrounding circumstances not the actors actual thoughts. Many people believe that if they tell the judge it was a mistake or it was not on purpose they have a defense to shoplifting, not true. The only time this can be a defense is when a person is diagnosed with a disease such as alzheimer's or dementia. Our shoplifting lawyers are trained in knowing when a defense for a New Jersey shoplifting charge is valid and when a defense is not. Don't wait until its too late and your in front of the judge and get found guilty of shoplifting. Let our experienced New Jersey Shoplifting Lawyers help win your case. Call 1-800-9-RIGHTS now and get the help you need to defend your NJ Shoplifting charge. The sooner you call the more we can do to help. The biggest mistake most people make is not hiring an experienced shoplifting lawyer soon enough!

I only took the label off: Taking a Label or price tag off merchandise in NJ Is considered shoplifting in NJ. Destruction of an item from its original condition is shoplifting in New Jersey. You can do this by making a whole in an item when taking off a security tag, pulling a tag or label off an item or even opening a sealed boxed item. Most stores will wait until you try to leave the store with the item but this is not needed. But don't give up! Attorney Aalsberg does have a 98%* success rate of winning, reducing or eliminating the penalties a shoplifting charge carries. Call today and set up a free consultation and learn how our shoplifting lawyers can help you!

The item was only worth a few dollars: It is not a defense to shoplifting in NJ that the item you took was of little or of almost no value: Shoplifting charges in New Jersey have been filed against people stealing a dollar store item. However, the more that it is shoplifted the higher the penalties. No matter how much we Can Help!

Commonly Asked New Jersey Shoplifting Questions and Answers

That depends on the amount taken. For all shoplifting offenses the penalty/fine is double what the amount taken was or the amount listed below whichever is greater:
For amounts taken up to $200.00 the fine is up to $1000.00
For amounts taken over $200.00 up to $500.00 the fine is up to $10,000.00
For amounts taken from $500.01 to $75,000.00 the fine is up to $15,000.00
For amounts taken over $75,000.01 the fine is up to $150,000.00

Yes, but the sooner you start your shoplifting defense, the more chances you have to get the best result. The wost thing you can do is to sit home and think about it or cry. Every day you wait to start your defense, the harder it is to

No Attorney by law can guarantee a result and it is ultimately up to the judge in your case, but Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg the head of our firm has a 98%* Success rate of winning, reducing or eliminating the penalties for a shoplifting case so his record does speak for itself. Our associate or per-diem lawyers do have a lower success rate but all of them are experienced in handling shoplifting matters

Yes, but having the best shoplifting lawyer will help you reduce this chance. Obviously a judge will consider the facts of your case, such as: whether the shoplifting was accidental or purposeful, whether you have any prior criminal record and the amount that was taken in regards to whether it was one item or multiple items. Lastly the judge will look at the type of item taken. Obviously some who stole jewelry will be treated differently than someone who had a hungry baby at home and stole infant formula.

No, you never need a lawyer to go to court and you can represent yourself but statistically the people who go to jail the most are 1) those that represent themselves and 2) people who use the services of a public defender, don't become a shoplifting statistic. Your first court date is the first time the judge will see you and you want to make the best impression. If you want to win you should have an experienced shoplifting lawyer with you from day one.

The Answer is it depend and you should come in to our office and speak with one of our Shoplifting Lawyers. For example, If your shoplifting charge occurred in Woodbridge New Jersey, Freehold NJ, Edgewater NJ or Paramus NJ these police departments commonly will mail you the shoplifting complaint and may or may not be arrested at the scene. This is because these particular courts have a large number of shoplifting cases and the police are back logged from 1 to 4 weeks for non-violent crimes. Because shoplifting is classified as non-violent crime, stores in these towns will generally just tell you that you will receive a court date or notice in the mail. BUT don't wait until you get your court date for your shoplifting charge as this time can be used to develop the best defense for you. Call <a href="tel:+18009RIGHTS">800-9-RIGHTS</a> now to setup your free in office consultation.

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Fact: Over two thirds of the felons convicted in State courts were sentenced to prison or jail.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice.

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Don't Be Afraid We Can Help. Sitting home thinking about your case will not change the result only action will. Unlike other New Jersey Law Firms our office puts the success rate of Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg, Esq. in Shoplifting and Theft charges in writing on the Web 98%* to win, reduce or eliminate the penalties faced by his client on the original charge. Call our office now at 1-800-9-RIGHTS and set up a free in office consultation to discuss your shoplifting charge. *Important: Please remember that each shoplifting cases is fact sensitive and certain facts can increase or decrease the penalties listed above. Additional penalties may apply. Past performance is not indicative of future performance and each case is fact sensitive, thus, the need for the in office consultation for our experienced new jersey shoplifting attorney to evaluate your case. Information provided either over the phone or over the internet is not considered secured and may be monitored and recorded by law enforcement thus the need for a free private in office consultation. All NJ Shoplifting Penalties listed are accurate as of the time and date of publication and are subject to change at any time without notice. Some towns may charge shoplifting as a township ordinance such as Freehold Township or Piscataway Township but other such as Woodbridge, Edgewater, Jersey City, Millburn, Spotswood, Milltown, Cherry Hill do not. 98%* Success Rate in Shoplifting cases of reducing, eliminating or winning the charges is based on past case and may not apply to your charge. At the law office of H. Scott Aalsberg we are committed to helping you win your Shoplifting charge. By law no attorney can guarantee you a result, however by choosing the best attorney you put the best chance on your side of winning your case. H. Scott Aalsberg, Esq., P.C. Main office address: G-10 Brier Hill Court, East Brunswick, N.J. 08816. You may visit our dedicated shoplifting site at

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