Theft Crimes

The term theft encompasses a wide range of crimes, from shoplifting at a retail store to embezzling funds from a bank. Yet in New Jersey, even relatively minor theft offenses carry serious penalties — individuals convicted of stealing less than $200 can still find themselves in prison for up to six months. More serious thefts carry significantly stiffer punishments. As such, it is crucial to find an attorney who is able to defend you aggressively in court.

The offices of Nugent Law can assist. We have more than 30 years of experience defending individuals in Camden and Marlton from allegations of theft, and are skilled in obtaining favorable results for our clients.

How Will My Crime Be Classified?

In New Jersey, theft crimes are categorized based on the worth of the stolen assets. The range of categories includes:

  • Disorderly persons offense — Thefts of up to $200, which are punishable by up to six months imprisonment and $1,000 in fines.
  • Fourth degree theft — Thefts of property or services between $200 and $500, punishable by up to 18 months imprisonment and $10,000 in fines.
  • Third degree theft — Thefts between $500 and $75,000, punishable by up to five years imprisonment and $15,000 in fines.
  • Second degree theft — Generally defined as thefts in excess of $75,000 (though also covering the theft of human remains), punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and $150,000 in fines.

There are additional penalties as well. Individuals convicted of stealing a motor vehicle, for example, are subject to having their driver's license suspended. Moreover, individuals may face civil liabilities, in addition to criminal lawsuits.

How We Help

At Nugent Law, we understand the severity of the charges against you, and will fight aggressively on your behalf. We know how prosecutors approach matters concerning theft, and are skilled in negotiating to reduce our client's penalties and, whenever possible, to have the case dismissed completely.

If you would like to speak with an attorney, arrange a consultation with our office. You can reach us by phone at 856-596-9770 or schedule an appointment online. Initial consultations are always free.