It is an unfortunate reality that lapses in judgment can cause individuals to commit theft in Piscataway. All you have to do is take a glance at the Piscataway Police or Rutgers University Police blotter and notice an assortment of these charges including theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and shoplifting. Beyond the fact that any one of these violations carry significant penalties at Piscataway Municipal Court and the Middlesex County Superior Court, a conviction reflects dishonesty and a propensity to steal if given the opportunity. This is something that can be viewed very unfavorably by those looking into your background (e.g. a potential employer). It is clearly in your best interests to insure that a criminal record for theft is avoided and this is precisely why we are here. Our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, has a record of successfully handling Piscataway theft violations that spans several decades. With several former prosecutors on staff and a team that includes 8, we are equipped to insure that you are afforded optimum opportunity to avoid the pitfalls of a conviction. Call us 24/7 at 732-562-0308.
Charged With Theft in Piscataway
When a specific theft offense like shoplifting, burglary, robbery, theft by deception or theft of services does not apply, the catchall charge that police and prosecutors rely on when someone steals is theft by unlawful taking. This charge is contained at N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3 and provides that a person is guilty of theft under two circumstances: (1) where he/she takes or takes control over someone else’s property with the intention of depriving them of it; or (2) where an interest immovable property is transferred to another without authorization and for the purpose of deriving a benefit. If the theft by unlawful taking involves money or property having a value of $75,000 or more, then a violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3 is a second degree crime. Where the value involved is at least $500 but less than $75,000, theft is a third degree crime. A violation resulting in theft of at least $200 but less than $500 is a fourth degree crime. Property or money stolen with a value of less than $200 results in a disorderly persons offense. The maximum period prison/jail is 10 years for second degree theft, 5 years for third degree theft, 18 months for fourth degree theft and 6 months for a disorderly persons offense for theft by unlawful taking. The maximum fine is $150,000, $15,000, $10,000, and $1,000 for first degree, second degree, third degree, and disorderly persons offense theft.
Theft Charge Lawyers in Piscataway Township
No one should have a record for stealing if they absolutely do not have to. The long term impact of a conviction can be immeasurable and for this reason you must do your very best to avoid a finding of guilt to any form of theft offense. This is where our firm can be so handy. Our years of experience handling theft related violations arising in Piscataway Township has provided us with insight and knowledge that often proves invaluable for those who hire us. To learn how we can help you, call our Piscataway Criminal Defense Firm at 732-562-0308.