Facts About Adult Shoplifting
Shoplifting is defined as taking merchandise from a store without paying for it, while giving the impression that the shoplifter is a customer. Both men and women shoplift, but an interesting study that was published in The American Journal of Psychiatry in 2008 suggests that more men may shoplift than women. Other studies may suggest otherwise, however, and in any case, the numbers are very close. In most cases, women are more likely to shoplift clothes, food, perfume, and other smaller pieces of merchandise while men are more likely to shoplift televisions and other large items.
About 3 percent of shoplifters are "professionals," but most describe reasons other than financial need. Many shoplifters say they do it for an adrenaline rush, and others describe it as an addictive sensation or as a "relief mechanism" that they say helps them deal with other stressful situations in the individual's life. This may be why about one in three shoplifters also suffers from depression.
Chronic shoplifters who have formed a habit of the act reportedly shoplift an average of 1.6 times every week. Of those caught shoplifting, 57 percent of adults say they still have a hard time quitting the behavior even after they have been caught. Support groups such as Cleptomaniacs and Shopaholics Anonymous (CASA) exists to help men and women who struggle with shoplifting as a compulsory behavior. There is a CASA group in Freehold, New Jersey that meets on a regular basis.
New Jersey Shoplifting Defense Lawyer
If you have been accused of shoplifting in the state of New Jersey, you need strong defense. You could be forced to pay expensive fines and even spend time in prison if you are convicted. Call Clark & Clark, L.L.C. for the strong defense you need and deserve. We are ready to help you. We can pursue the result you deserve and we can help you stay out of jail by exploring alternatives such as the New Jersey Pretrial Intervention Program, which is a rehabilitation program designed for adults and specifically for first-time offenders. Talk to a New Jersey shoplifting lawyer at your earliest convenience in a free consultation.