Burlington County NJ Theft Lawyer
Criminal Defense Attorney in Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Like fingerprints, no two theft crimes are exactly alike. In fact, there are a host of specific offenses that fall within the realm of theft, which range from robbery to shoplifting. When you are accused of a theft crime, there are several aspects of your case that will determine the specific charges against you, and the penalties to which you are exposed if convicted. For instance, the State will consider the nature of the offense: are you accused of theft by deception or extortion? They will also consider the specific object of the theft: was it money, retail merchandise, a car, a person’s identity, a New Jersey prescription blank, some form of services, or another form of property? Further, the State delineates among various forms of property, including intellectual, immovable, or movable property. Moreover, the estimated monetary value of the allegedly stolen property determines the degree of the charges in many theft cases, meaning the higher the value of the object of the theft, the more severe the punishment if you are found guilty.
Leonard Biddison is an award-winning criminal defense attorney who has been successfully representing clients in Southern New Jersey and Pennsylvania for over 23 years. With his highly effective defense strategies and unwavering dedication to his clients, Mr. Biddison has achieved superior outcomes for clients in Lumberton, Mount Laurel, Mount Holly, Willingboro, and throughout Burlington County NJ. In fact, he was recently named among the Top 10 Criminal Law Attorneys in New Jersey by the American Jurist Institute. When Mr. Biddison takes your case, you have can rest assured that an experienced, knowledgeable, and aggressive legal advocate will fight for you every step of the way. Don’t leave your future to chance. Contact the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison today at 856-427-6888 to discuss your case and receive a cost-free initial consultation.
Here is a review from one client whose theft case we recently handled:
After being charged with 2c:20-3a, I was highly concerned about jail time and the repercussions that could result if I was found guilty of this charge. Therefore, I turned to the Law Offices of Leonard D. Biddison for assistance in my case; John Corcoran, an attorney at the firm, was assigned to my case. He immediately eased my concerns and made me feel confident in my decision in hiring him. Through this process, it was required that I appeared at two listings, in which the prosecutor dismissed the case both times. (The judge pushed for the second listing.) In the end, the case was dismissed and I owe it all to the guidance and help provided by John. – Michael
Theft Lawyer in Evesham NJ
New Jersey’s general theft statute, found in section N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3a, addresses theft of both movable and immovable property. With regard to theft crimes, the statute explains the following:
a. Movable property. A person is guilty of theft if he unlawfully takes, or exercises unlawful control over, movable property of another with purpose to deprive him thereof.
b. Immovable property. A person is guilty of theft if he unlawfully transfers any interest in immovable property of another with prupose to benefit himself or another not entitled thereto.
Consequences of a Theft Conviction in New Jersey
The degree of the charges for a general theft crime are contingent upon a number of factors, including the nature of the stolen property and the estimated monetary loss incurred as a result of the theft. Specifically, theft is classified as a second degree crime if the amount involved is $75,000 or more, or the property stolen is a controlled dangerous substance and the quantity is in excess of one kilogram. Second degree theft crimes are punishable by a New Jersey State Prison term ranging from 5 to 10 years.
Theft is classified as a third degree crime, punishable by New Jersey State Prison term ranging from 3 to 5 years, if:
- The amount involved exceeds $500 but is less than $75,000;
- The stolen property is a firearm, motor vehicle, vessel, boat, horse, domestic companion animal, or airplane;
- The property stolen is a controlled dangerous substance and the amount involved is less than $75,000 or is undetermined and the quantity is one kilogram or less;
- The property stolen is a New Jersey Prescription Blank.
Theft is considered a fourth degree crime if the amount involved is at least $200 by does not exceed $500. Fourth degree crimes are punishable by a New Jersey State Prison term of up to 18 months. In all other cases, theft is classified as a disorderly persons offense. Disorderly persons theft crimes, oftenr referred to as “petty theft,” are adjudicated in Municipal Court and may result in a sentence to serve up to 6 months in the county jail.
It is important to note that theft crimes may also entail a number of collateral consequences, including negative immigration implications, restitution payments to the victim(s), and community service.
Contact a Lumberton NJ Theft Attorney for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love has been charged with a theft crime in Burlington County or elsewhere in South Jersey, start developing your defense strategy with the help of an experienced attorney today. Contact the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison at 856-427-6888 for additional information and a cost-free consultation.