What Is Theft?
Theft in New Jersey is based on a three-part definition. For a conviction, the state must prove all three elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
- That defendant knowingly took or unlawfully exercised control over property;
- That the property belonged to another;
- That defendant’s purpose was to deprive the other person of the property.
Determining the category and severity of a theft depends on what type of property was taken, combined with the property’s worth.
- Disorderly Persons Theft (Up to 6 months in jail)
Disorderly persons theft (the least severe) applies if the stolen property is valued at less than $200.
- Fourth Degree Theft (Up to 18 months in prison)
Fourth degree theft applies if the stolen property has a value of at least $200, but does not exceed $500.
- Third Degree Theft (Up to 5 years in prison)
Third degree theft applies if the value of the stolen property exceeds $500, but is less than $75,000.
- Second Degree Theft (Up to 10 years in prison)
Second degree theft applies if the value of the stolen property is $75,000 or more.
If you’ve been charged with theft or shoplifting, you need an experienced attorney who has the knowledge and work ethic to win your case.
Fred Sisto is a successful theft attorney in Ocean County and Monmouth County. He has the track record to prove it.
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