Clark Township, New Jersey is centrally located right off the parkway and is home to several large stores such as ShopRite, Target, Ace Hardware, Barnes & Noble, and A&P. Clark Twp Police Department routinely arrest suspects for shoplifting from these establishments and other surrounding stores. If you have been arrested in Clark for shoplifting it is important that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. The New Jersey statute for shoplifting is found under 2C:20-11(b) and these charges can vary in seriousness from a disorderly persons offense to an indictable crime depending on the value of the merchandise that was alleged to have been stolen. If the value is under $200 then you will be charged with a disorderly persons offense that is punishable by up to 6 months in county jail and you will be required to appear in Clark Township Municipal Court. If the value of the merchandise is over $200 but less than $500 then you will face a 4th degree indictable crime that is punishable by up to 18 months in state prison and the case will be handled in Union County Superior Court. If the value is over $500 then the charges will be upgraded to a 3rd degree crime of shoplifting which is punishable by up 3 – 5 years in prison. Under certain circumstances, a shoplifting can even be upgraded to a 2nd degree robbery punishable by 5 – 10 years if, at any time, physical force is used during the commission of the crime or the flight after. This often happens when someone suspected of shoplifting gets in a physical altercation with a security guard.
If you or your loved one has been charged and arrested for shoplifting or a related crime such as burglary tools then it is important that you speak with a shoplifting defense lawyer. If you would like to learn more, contact our office today at (908) 838-0150 for a free consultation with an experienced criminal attorney who can answer your questions and address any concerns.