Freehold, NJ, Theft Crimes and Shoplifting Criminal Defense Lawyer
Let Our Attorneys Defend You Against Shoplifting Charges
Under New Jersey shoplifting laws, you could be found guilty of shoplifting if you have been found to be in possession of a store’s merchandise after exiting the store without paying for it. There is also a presumption under New Jersey law that you were shoplifting if the merchandise is concealed on your person. If this is the case the evidence is certainly not stacked in your favor, however, that does not mean that your case is lost, or that your intent doesn’t matter.
For example, if you put an item into your pocket to free your hands while wrestling with a toddler and forgot about the item, but you were not actually intending to steal the item, then under the law you are not guilty of shoplifting.
It’s important to remember that the burden is always on the State to prove you are guilty, and that’s why having one of our experienced trial attorneys on your case matters. A careful evaluation of the evidence, which often includes video surveillance, police reports, and store loss prevention reports, as well as some specific personal facts about you that show you have no monetary need to steal, can provide a compelling defense, or show a clear deficiency in the State’s case.
If you have been charged with shoplifting, our attorneys will take the time to evaluate your case and work hard to protect your record, and bring it to the most favorable conclusion for you.
Your Civil Rights
Store employees are allowed to detain someone for a reasonable amount of time if they are suspected of shoplifting while store security or the police are contacted, but they may not use unreasonable force to detain someone. Store clerks may not perform strip searches, and they must tell a person why they are being detained. If the accused is a minor, other laws may also apply.
Police can make an arrest if there is “probable cause” or reason to suspect someone of shoplifting.
All our attorneys work hard to help people who are facing charges of shoplifting for any reason and to ensure that their civil rights were not violated.
Free Consultation • New Jersey Shoplifting Charges Defense Attorneys • Former Prosecutors
The theft crimes and shoplifting criminal defense attorneys of Clark & Clark understand the situation you are in. It may help to know that prosecutors aren’t always as interested in sticking you in jail as they may sound. We should know. Our attorneys have more than 30 years combined experience as prosecutors, where we handled thousands of theft, burglary, and shoplifting charges.
For a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey theft crimes attorney, contact us today. We can explain charges and possible outcomes. We know the system, we know the law, and we know how to bring your case to the best possible resolution for you.