Fourth Degree, Third Degree or Second Degree Crime for Shoplifting

Criminal attorneys for fourth, third or second degree crime of shoplifting in Eatontown, Freehold, Tinton Falls or elsewhere in Monmouth County.

Monmouth County Shoplifting Defense Lawyers

Whenever someone is arrested in Eatontown, Freehold, Tinton Falls or another municipality in Monmouth County for shoplifting $200 or more in merchandise, the criminal charge is indictable. What this means is that the retail theft offense cannot be handled in municipal court because it involves a felony crime of the second, third or fourth degree that must be sent to Monmouth County Superior Court. If you or a loved one has been charged with third degree shoplifting or a similar grade of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11 charge, hiring the best attorney you can afford is imperative to protecting your future.

We are the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, an eight member criminal defense team that has handled countless shoplifting offenses in Monmouth County over the last several decades. Our defense lawyers possess the knowledge and experience that is necessary to ensure you avoid a criminal conviction for this or any other form of theft. To speak to a lawyer at the firm immediately, call 877-450-8301. Attorneys are available 24/7 to provide a free consultation. We provide representation of shoplifting clients throughout Monmouth County, including:

Third Degree Shoplifting

It is a third degree crime to shoplift merchandise with a value of at least $500 but less than $75,000. Given the range of values covered by third degree shoplifting charges, the largest block of felony shoplifting charges fall within this grade. The penalties for third degree shoplifting include up to 5 years in state prison and a maximum fine of $15,000.  The municipalities with the highest number of third degree offenses are Eatontown, Freehold and Tinton Falls since this is where the major malls are located.

Fourth Degree Shoplifting

Fourth degree shoplifting applies where the value of the goods stolen is at least $200 but less than $500. An individual convicted in Freehold at the Superior Court for fourth degree shoplifting is subject to a fine of up to $10,000 and up to 18 months in prison.

Second Degree Shoplifting

Second degree shoplifting is somewhat rare because it only arises where someone steals $75,000 or more in merchandise. The penalties are extreme for the grade of shoplifting offense. An individual convicted for second degree shoplifting faces a fine that can reach $150,000 and 5-10 years in prison.

Pretrial Intervention Program

One option for averting a felony criminal record for shoplifting is Pretrial Intervention. This program is limited to first time offenders who have never been granted a diversion previously (i.e. Pretrial Intervention, Conditional Dismissal or Conditional Discharge). An individual admitted into PTI must complete one year of probation and, if this is accomplished, the shoplifting charge is dismissed.

Contact Our Highly Skilled Third Degree Shoplifting Attorneys If You Have Been Charged in Tinton Falls, Eatontown, Freehold or Elsewhere in Monmouth County

Lapses in judgment happen and this is the primary reason why individuals commit shoplifting. Our attorneys are here to ensure that a stupid mistake does not turn into a potentially life altering incident. We accomplish this by utilizing our decades of experience defending Monmouth County Shoplifting Charges to secure dismissals and other favorable outcomes for our clients. Indeed, the lawyers at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have been practicing for decades in the county and are familiar with what it takes to full protect a client against a 2C:20-11 conviction. If you would like to speak to an attorney in a no obligation consultation, call 877-450-8301. A lawyer on our team will be happy to give you all the time you need.