Clifton NJ Shoplifting Lawyer

Criminal Defense Attorney in Passaic County, New Jersey

Being charged with the crime of Shoplifting means that you are exposed to a term of incarceration and a number of other collateral consequences, including potential immigration consequences if you are convicted. Having an aggressive, experienced defense lawyer to guide you through the legal process is invaluable.

Criminal defense attorney Alissa D. Hascup represents clients throughout New Jersey, including in Wayne, Haledon, Clifton, and Totowa who have been charged with theft crimes such as shoplifting, robbery, theft by extortion, and theft by deception. She is prepared to attack the State’s case and put you in a position to achieve the best possible result.

She has successfully handled countless cases in New Jersey, in Superior Court (indictable/felony level offenses) and Municipal Court (disorderly persons/misdemeanor level offenses). She is a former domestic violence prosecutor and special deputy attorney general. During the course of her career with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, she handled cases ranging from Homicide (murder) and aggravated assault to robbery and weapons offenses. She has handled a number of cases in which the defense of insanity was raised at the time of trial. Now she is fighting for you.

Contact her office anytime for an initial consultation, which is always provided free of charge.

Shoplifting in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11b

N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11b sets forth that Shoplifting shall consist of any one or more of the following acts:

  1. For any person purposely to take possession of, carry away, transfer or cause to be carried away or transferred, any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment with the intention of depriving the merchant of the possession, use or benefit of such merchandise or converting the same to the use of such person without paying to the merchant the full retail value thereof.
  2. For any person purposely to conceal upon his person or otherwise any merchandise offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment with the intention of depriving the merchant of the processes, use or benefit of such merchandise or converting the same to the use of such person without paying to the merchant the value thereof.
  3. For any person purposely to alter, transfer or remove any label, price tag or marking indicia of value or any other markings which aid in determining value affixed to any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment and to attempt to purchase such merchandise personally or in consort with another at less than the full retail value with the intention of depriving the merchant of all or some part of the value thereof.
  4. For any person purposely to transfer any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail merchandise establishment from the container in or on which the same shall be displayed to any other container with intent to deprive the merchant or all or some part of the retail value thereof.

Grading (Degree) of Shoplifting Offenses in New Jersey:

Shoplifting constitutes a crime of the Second Degree (punishable by a term of imprisonment of between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison) if the full retail value of the merchandise is $75,000 or more.

Shoplifting constitutes a crime of the Third Degree (punishable by a term of imprisonment of between 3 and 5 years in New Jersey State Prison) if the full retail value of the merchandise exceeds $500 but is less than $75,000.

Shoplifting constitutes a crime of the Fourth Degree (punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison) if the full retail value of the merchandise is at least $200 but less than $500.

Otherwise, shoplifting constitutes a disorderly persons offense (punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to 6 months in the county jail).

Contact a Wayne NJ Shoplifting Defense Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a Shoplifting offense, it is critical for you to hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The consequences of a Shoplifting conviction can be serious. Don’t put your freedom at risk. Alissa D. Hascup is available anytime to speak with you about your Shoplifting case. Contact her today for a free initial consultation.

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If you are facing criminal charges in New Jersey, you want a battle-tested, aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side. Alissa D. Hascup will protect your rights and your freedom. She is highly skilled and highly motivated and puts clients first – always.

Please contact Ms. Hascup’s office today to request a free initial consultation about your charges. She will review the facts of your case, answer your questions and tell you how she can help get your charges significantly reduced or even dismissed.

With offices in Paterson, Newark and Hackensack, Ms. Hascup can be reached 24/7 and offers nights and weekend appointments as well as flexible payment options.

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In Passaic County, including Paterson, Clifton, Wayne, Passaic, West Milford, Hawthorne, Little Falls, Pompton Lakes, Ringwood, Woodland Park, Wanaque, Totowa, North Haledon, Haledon, Bloomingdale, and Prospect Park and in Essex County, including Newark, East Orange, West Orange, South Orange, Irvington, Bloomfield, Montclair, Belleville, Nutley, Maplewood, Millburn, Verona, Cedar Grove, West Caldwell, Glen Ridge, Fairfield, and Roseland.

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