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Woman banned from shopping at Walmart

New Jersey law, like that of other states, differentiates crimes in part based upon their seriousness. Felonies are crimes that are the most severe, such as murder. For other violations that are not as extreme, people can be arrested on a misdemeanor charge. These can include traffic violations such as speeding or reckless driving or other criminal mischief such as shoplifting or harassment. Both felonies and misdemeanors have their own associated sets of penalties for people who are convicted of the charges.

The consequences that can be handed down by a judge for a misdemeanor conviction can vary greatly. In some cases, people can spend time in jail or pay a fine. Community service time can also be required. One New Jersey woman was recently ordered to pay just under $260 in fines and perform 10 days of community service. This was due to her conviction after a shoplifting arrest. The woman had been found guilty of stealing vitamins valued at roughly $80 from a local Walmart last year. 

In this case, however, an additional consequence was also ordered. The defendant is no longer allowed to shop at any Walmart store in any location in the country. That eliminates more than 4,500 establishments from the woman’s shopping trips. How the ban will be enforced was not detailed but it was noted that it was in effect for the remainder of the woman’s life.

When being charged with a petty misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor, defendants deserve help. Clearly the penalties of a conviction can be varied. Talking to a lawyer at this time may be helpful.

Source: Hopatcong-Sparta Patch, “Lifetime Walmart Banishment For North Jersey Woman Who Shoplifted,” Jason Koestenblatt,  July 29, 2015

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