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Arrested for Shoplifting in NJ

shopliftingKnowingly walking out of a store without paying for merchandise, concealing merchandise under your clothes or in your purse, swapping tags on items and removing a shopping cart from the store premises all have one thing in common- these actions are considered Shoplifting. Depending upon the retail value of the items in question the consequences of conviction can vary greatly. If you are facing a shoplifting charge it is important to speak with an experienced criminal attorney to help you avoid the stigma of a criminal record. If you or a loved one is facing this charge, Attorney David C. Barry can help.

Penalties for Shoplifting

As mentioned, penalties for shoplifting differ greatly based upon the retail value of the items in question. Penalties for shoplifting if the full retail value is less than $200 are as follows:

  • fines up to $1,000
  • up to 6 months of imprisonment

If the full retail value is between $200 and $500;

  • Fines up to $10,000
  • up to 18 months of imprisonment.

If the full retail value is over $500 but less than $75,000;

  • Fines up to $15,000
  • 3-5 years of imprisonment

When the full retail value is $75,000 or more, you can be fined up to $150,000 and sentenced to 5-10 years of imprisonment. Additional mandatory penalties for convictions of shoplifting include community service and a criminal record.

Call Attorney David C. Barry today for a free consultation to discuss your shoplifting case. With decades of successful criminal defense practice throughout Middlesex County, David Barry will personally guide you every step of the way, fighting for your rights, your reputation and your freedom.  Call him at 732-204-7387.