Hackensack Juvenile Defense Lawyer for Theft and Shoplifting Charges
Regardless of how old you are, if you have a lapse of judgment and steal something from a store or a neighbor’s car or home, you can face serious consequences under New Jersey law. Juvenile offenders charged with theft and shoplifting can face loss of their driving privileges, community service, probation and detention, and having a juvenile record could prevent you from getting into (or staying enrolled in) college.
But, you have options available. If you have been charged with delinquency, defense attorney Scott Gorman can help. Mr. Gorman represents clients in Criminal Courts and Family Courts throughout New Jersey, and he can help protect your future.
What Constitutes Theft?
With regard to personal property (things like jewelry, electronics, clothes and shoes), the crime of theft involves unlawfully taking or exercising control over someone else’s property with the purpose of depriving the rightful owner. In other words, theft is what most people think of as “stealing.”
What Constitutes Shoplifting?
Shoplifting involves stealing from a store. This can include attempting to leave the store without paying for an item or attempting to pay a lower price than the one for which the item is being sold. Examples of shoplifting include:
- Leaving a store with items hidden or stashed in your clothes or in a purse or backpack
- Leaving a store with items in a bag or shopping cart without paying
- Swapping tags with a less-expensive item in order to lower the price at checkout
- Hiding one item inside another, and then only paying for one of them
- Cutting the price tag off of an item and wearing it out of the store
The severity of a shoplifting offense is determined by the value of the goods stolen. The categories are:
- Less than $200 worth of stolen goods
- $200 to $499 worth of stolen goods
- $500 to $74,999 worth of stolen goods
- $75,000 or more worth of stolen goods
What are the Juvenile Penalties for Theft and Shoplifting in New Jersey?
In juvenile delinquency cases, the penalties are determined by a Family Court judge based upon what he or she determines to be in the “best interests” of the juvenile offender. This could mean one or more forms of punishment as discussed above, but it could also mean paying restitution, going to counseling and various other forms of sentencing as imposed in the judge’s discretion. With extensive experience representing minors in juvenile delinquency cases and as a former counselor at a home for at-risk youth, Mr. Gorman knows how to seek positive outcomes that allow his clients to move on with their lives.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Defense Attorney Scott Gorman
If your or your child has been charged with theft or shoplifting in New Jersey, we encourage you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. To speak with juvenile defense attorney Scott Gorman about your case in confidence, please call (201) 381-5560 or tell us how to reach you online today.