Fraud & Theft Charges
Theft Charge Defense Lawyer in Monmouth County
At Proetta & Oliver we represent clients charged with all types of theft and fraud offenses including but not limited to theft by deception, passing bad checks, receiving stolen property, credit card fraud, forgery and theft of services. A conviction for a theft offense, regardless of the degree, could not only land you behind bars but the collateral consequences could be equally as devastating. Depending on the degree of the offense charged, a Defendant could be facing anywhere from six months in a county jail up to twenty years in a New Jersey State Prison. In addition, a Defendant’s ability to obtain and/or maintain meaningful employment would almost certainly be affected. Furthermore, most theft and fraud offenses are considered crimes of moral turpitude and as such, they could have serious immigration consequences as well. With that being said, an experienced Monmouth County criminal defense lawyer can make a significant difference when it comes to defending these types of charges. Our attorneys are available immediately for a free initial consultation.
Need Local Lawyer for Theft Case in Freehold
At our office we take extreme pride in zealously advocating on behalf of our clients. Both Mr. Proetta’s and Mr. Oliver’s entire careers have been dedicated to defending those accused of crimes, including theft crimes, in courts throughout New Jersey. They have handled a tremendous amount of cases throughout their careers including armed robberies, burglaries, carjackings, shoplifting and money laundering. If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a criminal offense in towns like Hazlet, Holmdel, Middletown, Tinton Falls, Eatontown, West Long Branch, Asbury Park, Freehold, Atlantic Highlands or Marlboro, we can help. If you would like to schedule a free initial consultation today please contact us directly at 732-858-6959. We can discuss the specific facts of your case and we will give you our honest feedback on how we can be of assistance. We can be reached 24/7 as we fully understand that time is of the essence. Do not let a simple lapse in judgement affect your future. Now here is list of some of the most common theft charges issued in Monmouth County. For more information on the specific offenses listed below please feel free to click the link.
Common Fraud Charges Issued in Monmouth County
- Passing Bad Checks
- Credit Card Fraud
- Obtaining CDS by Fraud
- Fake Id
- Official Misconduct
- Bail Jumping
- Prescription Forgery
- Underage Drinking
- Providing Alcohol to Minors
Are All Theft Charges Considered Felony Offenses in NJ
When it comes to theft related crimes in New Jersey, the degree of the offense will often be determined by the value of the theft. This is true for all shoplifting, theft of moveable property, theft by deception, theft of services and receiving stolen property. For example if an individual is alleged to have shoplifted a $575 TV from Best Buy in Freehold Township, they will be facing a third degree indictable offense (felony). Since it is a felony offense, the case must be transferred from the Freehold Township Municipal Court to the Monmouth County Superior Courthouse for disposition. Conversely, if the value of the TV was $190, then the case would be considered a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor), and thus would be litigated in the Freehold Municipal Court. Here is a quick breakdown of the different degrees:
- Disorderly Persons Offense = Less than $200.00
- 4th Degree Indictable Offense = Greater than $200.00 but Less than $500.00
- 3rd Degree Indictable Offense = Greater than $500.00 but Less than $75,000.00
- 2nd Degree Indictable Offense = Greater than $75,000.00
The degree of other theft related crimes like robbery, carjacking and burglary will be determined directly by the alleged underlying conduct. The dollar amount of the loss will be irrelevant. For example, if an individual sticks up a gas station using an imitation firearm but is only able to make off with $10.00 in cash, they will be facing a first degree felony offense not a disorderly persons offense.
Most fraud related charges like, credit card fraud, passing bad checks, forgery and obtaining CDS by fraud will be treated the same and the alleged conduct will dictate what degree of an offense the individual will be charged with.
What Court Would I have to Appear in for a Fraud Case in Monmouth County
The degree of the theft or fraud charge will be the sole factor that determines what court an individual will have to appear in to defend the allegations. All indictable offenses, regardless of the degree, must be transferred to the Monmouth County Superior Courthouse, which is located in Freehold for disposition. With that being said, it could be possible for a defense to convince the prosecution at the individual’s Pre-Indictment Conference to downgrade and remand the charges back to the local municipal court for disposition. All disorderly persons offense theft related charges will be litigated in the local municipal court in the municipality where the incident happened.
Contact an Experienced Monmouth County Fraud Defense Attorney Today
As mentioned above the Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver handles all types of theft matters arising out of Monmouth County, including towns like Long Branch, Neptune, Wall Township, Belmar, Asbury Park, Keyport, Union Beach and Middletown. Mr. Oliver has successfully handled countless theft and fraud cases originating out of not only Monmouth County but Mercer County, Burlington County and Ocean County. Our office will analyze your case from every possible angle to assure that you will obtain the best possible resolution. In addition, not only will we make sure that our clients are fully informed of their options but we will also discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their case so that can make informed decision. If you would like to come into our Middletown Office to discuss your options, please feel free to contact us directly at 732-858-6959. Our office is located directly across the street from the Middletown Municipal Court, at 18 Kings Highway and as always, our initial consultations are free of costs.