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Clark NJ Theft Attorney

Theft Offenses in the Township of Clark

Were you caught shoplifting? Are you facing a charge of receipt of stolen property in Clark? The various types of theft offenses in New Jersey run the gamut from the very minor shoplifting charge to involvement in a criminal theft enterprise. Yet, no matter the severity of the charge, there are some elements – such as intent to steal and value of the stolen property – that are common to virtually all theft offenses. Accordingly, you need a good theft attorney to represent your interests. You need an lawyer who understands the common elements of all theft offenses, and understands the best ways to attack a theft charge to give you the greatest opportunity to obtain a dismissal or downgrade to a lesser offense. Here at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, our lawyers can help you with any theft crime you may be facing. With collectively over 100 years of experience in the criminal defense business, the attorneys on the defense team know how to review the facts of your case, plan a strategy to limit your criminal exposure, deal with prosecutors, and get you the best result possible. Call us at our Union Township office at 908-272-1700. The initial consultation is completely free.

Theft Charge in Clark New Jersey

There are many types of theft offenses In New Jersey. They include:

Grading & Penalties for Theft Related Charges. New Jersey statute N.J.S.A. 2C:20-2 lays out how theft offenses are graded. The offenses typically range from Second-degree crimes to Disorderly persons offenses. As you can see below, the seriousness of the theft offense typically is determined by the value of the item that is stolen:

Second Degree Crime for Theft
The amount involved is $75,000 or more,
Can result in 5 to 10 years in prison
Up to $150,000 in fines, and
Restitution for the stolen property can be court ordered. (Restitution means you must pay back the value of the stolen property).

Third Degree Crime for Theft
The amount involved is between $500 and $75,000,
Can result in 3 to 5 years in prison,
Up to $15,000 in fines, and
Restitution for the stolen property.

Fourth Degree Crime for Theft
The amount involved is between $200 and $500,
Can be up to 18 months in prison,
Up to $10,000 in fines, and
Restitution for the stolen property.

Disorderly Persons Offense for Theft
The amount involved is less than $200,
Can be up to 6 months in jail,
Up to $1,000 in fines, and
Restitution.

Clark Theft Defense Lawyers

If you are charged with any kind of theft, your best defense is to retain a skilled criminal defense attorney to help you in Clark Municipal Court or Union County Superior Court. Given that theft offenses can lead to very serious jail time and fines that could impact your job, your family, and your entire life, a lawyer who is armed with the tools to effectively defend you is imperative. At the the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, our lawyers possess exactly the skill and experience to help you. Call today. You can reach the attorneys on our staff 24/7 for a free consultation at 908-272-1700.