Tinton Falls NJ Shoplifting Lawyer
Charged with Shoplifting in Tinton Falls?
Being placed in handcuffs and ushered away in the back of a police car can be scary for most. However, being summonsed into court to defend yourself against serious criminal charges like shoplifting can be down right terrifying. If you have been charged with shoplifting at the Jersey Shore Premium Outlets, at stores like Nike, Toys “R” Us, Guess, Gap, Calvin Klien, Burberry or DKNY, then you will most likely be summonsed to appear in the Tinton Falls Municipal Court to anwser for those charges. The Tinton Falls Municipal Court will have original jurisdiction over all disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor) shoplifting offenses that occur within the Township. The Tinton Falls Police Department issues a tremendous amount of shoplifting offenses each and every year and the vast majority stem from incidents at the Jersey Shore Premium Outlets. As a result, the outlets and the individual stores themselves have invested a significant amount of money and resources in an effort to combat the shoplifters. Therefore, it should be no surprise to hear that these types of charges tend to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, which could mean jail time.
If you have been arrested and charged with shoplifting in Tinton Falls, the Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver can help. Our Monmouth County criminal defense attorneys have defended hundreds of shoplifting offenses throughout our careers. If you would like to come into our Middletown Office and speak to one of our Tinton Falls shoplifting defense attorneys about your options then please contact us at 732.858.6959. We can discuss the specifics of your case and formulate a game plan that will work best to suit your needs. Shoplifting is a very serious crime and if it is not handled properly, not only could it land a Defendant behind bars but it could also have serious immigration consequences as well. If you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Appear in Tinton Falls Municipal Court on Shoplifting Charges
All shoplifting offenses will be governed by NJSA 2C:20-11b in New Jersey. Pursuant to the statute, shoplifting can either be a misdemeanor or a felony offense depending on the dollar amount of the merchandise in question. Conversely, the degree of the offense will dictate what court has jurisdiction over the charges. All disorderly persons offense shoplifting charges, meaning the dollar amount of the merchandise was under $200, will be litigated in the Tinton Falls Municipal Court, which is located at 556 Tinton Avenue. All felony level shoplifting offenses, whether it be a second, third or fourth degree, will be transferred to the Monmouth County Superior Court, which is located in Freehold for disposition. So if you have been arrested for shoplifting $600 worth of merchandise from Hugo Boss at the Jersey Shore Premium Outlets then your charges will be transferred to the Monmouth County Superior Court for resolution. With that being said, it is plausible for felony shoplifting charges to be downgraded to disorderly persons offenses, which would also mean that the charges will be transferred to the Tinton Falls Municipal Court as well. For more information on how to defend a shoplifting charge in Monmouth County, please click the link or please contact our office at 732-858-6959.