Hackensack Shoplifting Lawyer Adam M. Lustberg Explains the Different New Jersey Shoplifting Charges

Hackensack shoplifting lawyer Adam M. Lustberg releases a new article (https://www.lustberglaw.com/theft-crimes/shoplifting-lawyer/) discussing the different kinds of shoplifting charges in New Jersey. The lawyer mentions that many people think that theft charges such as shoplifting are not very serious. However, it can lead to mandatory jail time and substantial fines. The merchant may also be able to sue the defendant in civil court in order to recover damages.

According to the Hackensack shoplifting lawyer, “Shoplifting penalties in New Jersey all carry some unpaid community service time. The minimum is 10 days and it increases up to 25 days. If you are convicted three times, the judge is then required to sentence you to 90 days or more in jail. This is separate and apart from any civil liabilities that you may be responsible for. The merchant can file a civil case against you for additional damages.”

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The lawyer says that shoplifting can be charged in several ways that could have different consequences. Traditional shoplifting is when someone takes possession of merchandise with no intention to pay.

Attorney Adam M. Lustberg says that illegal concealment is when someone conceals a retailer to deprive them of their merchandise. This is also known as shoplifting. Other shoplifting charges include changing or removing price tags and switching containers in order to get a lower price for under-ringing merchandise.

The lawyer mentions that it can also be considered shoplifting when a person removes Removing a shopping cart from the premises of a store to permanently deprive the merchant of it or its use.

“Shoplifting is a crime in New Jersey. If you are caught, you can be taken into custody under the New Jersey Shoplifting Statute N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11. The law allows a store to take a suspected shoplifter into custody "in a reasonable way for no more than a reasonable period of time" in order to recover any merchandise. Usually, the store will call the police once it has recovered the property,” says the defense attorney.

Lastly, attorney Lustberg emphasizes the importance of having a skilled lawyer if someone is accused of shoplifting. Having an experienced lawyer may be able to help the accused protect their rights and their freedom.

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