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Understanding the consequences of shoplifting

Shoplifting is one of the most common crimes that people may not think is a big deal. However, there are serious consequences to stealing from a store or shop that you or your children might not consider. Our team at the Law Offices of Michael T. Nolan, Jr., can answer the questions New Jersey residents may have regarding the penalties that can arise from a shoplifting conviction.

As FindLaw explains, the penalties for shoplifting in New Jersey are dealt with particularly harshly. If your child is arrested for taking items from a store, he or she will most likely be required to pay a fine and could be ordered to perform community service. Depending on the value of the stolen items, how many times your child has been charged with shoplifting and whether your child is over the age of 18, he or she may be given a sentence ranging from a few days in jail to up to 10 years in prison. Additionally, store owners in New Jersey may demand you repay their monetary losses from the theft, including their court costs.

Many people, including your children, may falsely believe that shoplifting only involves the theft of an item. In fact, shoplifting also includes altering a price tag or switching an expensive tag with one that is less pricey and trying to have the cashier ring up the item for the lesser price. Since someone may get away with paying the wrong price on an item, they may erroneously believe they did not steal the item. If caught, those who alter or switch price tags may face the same charges as if they stole the product outright.

Your child has the right to a competent defense for common underage charges such as shoplifting, as our juvenile defense page explains.

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