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Elizabeth NJ Theft Lawyer

A conviction for stealing or committing a fraudulent transaction in New Jersey can expose you to significant penalties, including prison time, probation, community service and thousands in restitution. Moreover, fraud and theft crimes are considered Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude (“CIMT”) which means a conviction can significantly impact your job opportunities because employers consider these offenses a poor reflection on your moral character. A conviction for a CIMT will also result in severe consequences on your immigration status, including deportation, if you are not a U.S. Citizen. At Proetta & Oliver, our New Jersey criminal defense firm represents clients charged with various crimes involving fraud and theft. Our experienced attorneys can help you avoid incarceration and even a criminal conviction in many cases. We are commonly able to work with the prosecutor to negotiate an alternative resolution to avoid a conviction, by downgrading the charge to a municipal ordinance, negotiating a dismissal, or securing our client’s admittance into Pre-Trial Intervention or Conditional Dismissal. If you have been arrested for theft or fraud charges in New Jersey, it is vital to speak with a knowledgeable defense lawyer who can explain the legal avenues you may have to obtain a dismissal. Contact our Cranford office today at (908) 838-0150 for a free consultation. One of our Union County criminal defense attorneys will listen to the circumstances of your unique case and explain how we can help.

Theft Charges Defense Attorney in Linden NJ

The experienced criminal defense lawyers at our firm defend clients against a wide range of theft and fraud charges in both Superior Court and Municipal Court, including the following:

Is theft a misdemeanor or a felony in New Jersey?

Charges for theft crimes in New Jersey can be classified as either disorderly persons offenses (known as misdemeanors in other states) or indictable crimes (commonly known as felonies). The circumstances of the specific case determine the degree of the charges that a person will face. Some of the key determining factors that influence the degree of theft charges include: the specific form of theft, the type of items taken, the estimated monetary value of the stolen property, whether the person was armed during the commission of the theft, and whether another crime was committed in the course of the incident.

If you have a weapon in your possession during a theft offense or someone is assaulted or otherwise injured, your theft charges will be elevated to a more serious crime. For instance, a robbery offense is typically a second degree crime but becomes a first degree crime when the offense is armed robbery. This doubles the potential term of incarceration associated with a robbery conviction. Similarly, auto theft is considered a third degree crime regardless of the value of the vehicle but if you threaten or assault the person before stealing their car, this becomes a first degree carjacking offense.

What are the degrees and penalties for theft in NJ?

Using the aforementioned criteria, the State can charge you with a low-level criminal misdemeanor or an indictable crime, the most serious of which is a first degree felony with a minimum period of parole ineligibility. When dealing with general theft offenses (including shoplifting, theft by deception, theft by extortion, and theft of movable property). The following are the numerical theft classifications and the prison terms they entail:

If you have been accused of a fraud or theft offense in New Jersey, it is important that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney with a background in financial and property crimes. At the Proetta & Oliver, our lawyers have successfully handled thousands cases, many involving theft and fraud, throughout New Jersey Superior Courts and Municipal Courts. Our firm will work analyze the elements of the state’s case against you and make it our priority to keep you well-informed throughout the process so you can be involved in all the decision making regarding the defense options.

Union Twp Credit Card Fraud Attorney · (908) 838-0150

At Proetta & Oliver we have extensive experience regarding theft and fraud crimes and know how the court system works. Call us today at (908) 838-0150 to speak with an experienced theft lawyer for a free initial consultation about the facts and circumstances of your case. We will take our time to start at the beginning of the allegations and carefully move one step at a time to address all your concerns. We are available 24/7.

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Our phones are answered 24 hours a day. We are available weekdays during business hours. We also meet with clients on evenings and weekends by request. We have four office locations conveniently located in Mount Laurel, Point Pleasant, Princeton and Middletown. All major credit cards are accepted


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