Due to the large number of commercial retail outlets in East Brunswick, such as Brunswick Square, juvenile shoplifting offenses occur slightly more often than elsewhere. Regardless, though, of where in East Brunswick the offense occurs, the result is the same. The prosecutor will attempt to punish the offender to the fullest extent of New Jersey’s shoplifting law. The only difference in terms of a juvenile and an adult offense relates to the sentencing aspect of the crime, not the acts that could lead to liability. You cannot, therefore, afford to take this offense lightly. To learn how our East Brunswick Criminal Defense Office can help you, call 732-227-1200 to speak one of our former prosecutors in a free initial consultation.
Juvenile Shoplifting Arrest in East Brunswick NJ
Under N.J.S.A 2C:20-11, a person will be guilty of a shoplifting offense if they commit one of essentially five different, but related acts that all seek to deprive a store owner of the true value of the property in question. The first of these is purposefully taking property from the store. This is the most straightforward shoplifting offense and occurs where someone catches a person trying to or actually succeeding in taking property from the store without paying. Second, a person would also be guilty of shoplifting if they attempt to conceal property on their person with the intent to deprive the owner of the value of the property. Third, a person would be guilty if they were to alter or transfer a price tag in any way from the original price that is placed by the store on the product. Fourth, a person will be guilty of a shoplifting offense if they transfer the item into a different container than the one it is originally in with the intent of depriving the owner of the value of the property. Lastly, a person will be guilty of shoplifting if they under-ring merchandise. This last one probably rings home more with juveniles than others when they think they can harmlessly give their friends the friends discount at their after-school jobs. It may also be worth noting here, since juveniles are probably more prone to this than adults, that, while rarely ever the cause of a charge, a person can be guilty of shoplifting for removing a shopping cart from a shopping establishment.
As stated previously, the sentencing is what differentiates the juvenile and adult shoplifting offenses, however, the grades of the offenses are still tied to the value of the property that is shoplifted by the juvenile. Therefore, it is a second degree offense where the value of the property shoplifted exceeds $75,000. The penalty for a second degree offense is three years detention. A third degree offense occurs where the property shoplifted is over $500, but less than $75,000. The penalty for this offense is two years detention. A fourth degree offense occurs where the property taken is worth between $200 and $500. The penalty for this offense is up to one year detention. For any shoplifting charge where the property’s value is under $200, it is a disorderly persons offense and the juvenile could face up to six months of detention for their actions.
Juvenile Shoplifting Defense Lawyers in East Brunswick NJ
At the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, we have over 100 years of collective experience defending against shoplifting charges in East Brunswick, including countless juvenile shoplifting offenses. Our team, which consists of many former prosecutors, know the ins and outs of the offense and how best to get you a positive result. So please, if you or a loved one has been charged with this serious offense in East Brunswick, do not hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced attorney about the particulars of your juvenile shoplifting offense.