Theft & Fraud Charges in Somerset County NJ
Charged with Shoplifting in Bridgewater NJ?
Whether you have been charged with shoplifting in Bridgewater or robbery in Bound Brook or theft by deception in North Plainfield, the attorney at Proetta & Oliver can help. Our Somerset County criminal defense lawyers have been defending clients accused of theft crimes in courts throughout New Jersey for the better part of the last decade now. We are well aware of the consequences that come with being charged with a theft related offenses let alone being convicted of one. Most theft offenses in New Jersey can either a be a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor) or a second, third or fourth degree felony. The difference between the degrees could be the difference between receiving a probationary sentence at worst to being incarcerated for up to a decade. On top of the potential crippling prison sentences, anyone charged with a theft related offense could be facing serious immigration consequences as well too. Most theft related offenses in New Jersey are categorized as crimes of moral turpitude, that is the category that triggers immigration consequences in the Federal system.
If you have been charged with shoplifting, theft of movable property, theft of services, robbery, carjacking, burglary or credit card theft, in Somerset County it is imperative that speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer about your options. If you would like to speak to one of the attorneys at Proetta & Oliver about your options then please contact us at (908)533-1064. We can sit down and discuss the specific facts of your case and we will give you our honest feedback on how we can help. We serve all of Somerset County, including towns like Bound Brook, Bernardsville, Watchung, Bernards, South Bound Brook, North Plainfield, Raritan, Somerville and Hillsborough. We are available around the clock to help assist in anyway that we can and as always our initial consultations are free of costs.
Common Theft Charges in Somerset County NJ
- Bad Checks
- Credit Card Charges
- Check Fraud
- Fake Id
- Insurance Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Underage Possession of Alcohol / Consumption
Will I go to Jail if I am Convicted of a Theft Charge in NJ?
Most theft related offenses in New Jersey are broken down into four different degrees. A disorderly persons offense, a second, third and fourth degree felony offense. The dollar amount of the “loss” in question is what will dictate what degree a Defendant is charged with and it will also dictate what the potential penalties are as well. Here is a chart that helps breakdown the different degrees.
- 2nd Degree Theft & Fraud Charges:
- The value of the loss has to be in excess of $75,000
- If convicted, a Defendant will be facing anywhere from 5 to 10 years in prison, a fine up to $150,000, a felony criminal record, community service and restitution if applicable.
- 3rd Degree Theft & Fraud Charges:
- The value of the loss has to be in excess of $500 but less than $75,000
- If convicted, a Defendant will be facing anywhere from 3 to 5 years in prison, a fine up to $15,000, a felony criminal record, community service and restitution if applicable.
- 4th Degree Theft & Fraud Charges:
- The value of the loss has to be in excess of $200 but less than $500
- If convicted, a Defendant will be facing up to 18 months in prison, a fine up to $10,000, a felony criminal record, community service and restitution if applicable.
- Disorderly Persons Offense (Misdemeanor) Theft & Fraud Charges:
- The value of the loss has to be less than $200.
- If convicted, a Defendant will be facing up to 6 months in the Somerset County Jail, a fine up to $1,000, a criminal record, community service and restitution if applicable.
For more information on theft offenses in New Jersey, including the potential penalties, please contact our office at (908)533-1064.
Fraud Lawyers in Somerville NJ
Being charged with a theft crime can be overwhelming but hiring the right attorney can go a long way to help relieving some of the stress. More often than not, most of our clients that are charged with a theft related offense are dealing with the judicial system for the very first time in their life. That is why hiring the right attorney, not just one that is dedicated to criminal defense but one that frequently deals with the Somerset County courts is so important. If you have been charged with a theft related offense like shoplifting, receiving stolen property, theft of movable property, insurance fraud or any other offense for that matter in Somerset County, Proetta & Oliver can help. To schedule a free consultation today with one of our attorneys please contact us at (908)533-1064.