Shoplifting is a serious offense in Brick Township and can be charged as either a criminal offense or disorderly persons offense depending on the severity of the theft and value of merchandise stolen. If you have carried merchandise out of store and the item’s full retail value is less than $200.00, you may be charged with a disorderly persons offense. As the item’s full retail value increases, so does the degree of the offense.
It is important to realize that you can be charged with shoplifting if: you conceal the item on your person or otherwise with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of title to the item; you change the price tags to a lower price with the intent to deprive the merchant of the full retail value of the item; or you move items from one container to another with the intent to deprive the merchant the full retail value of the item.
The most basic drug charge typically involves possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana or drug paraphernalia which will result in a charge as a disorderly person. Often, these charges can be downgraded through the assistance of a defense lawyer so that you face less severe fines, penalties and avoid blemishes on your permanent criminal record.
Shoplifting is a crime of the fourth degree if the full retail value of the merchandise was at least $200 but does not exceed $500. If convicted, you may face penalties of up to 18 months of imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Shoplifting is a crime of the third degree if the full retail value of the merchandise exceeds $500 but is less than $75,000. If convicted, you may face penalties of between 3-5 years of imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $15,000.