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Blog: Shoplifting

  • From misdemeanor to felony: The consequences of shoplifting

    May 5, 2023

    Many people consider shoplifting a minor crime because it often involves taking small items without causing physical harm to anyone. In reality, shoplifting can have serious consequences that can affect your life for years to come, even if you are a first-time offender. Depending on The law in New Jersey Shoplifting will be charged as a misdemeanor when the value of the stolen goods is less than $200. This is considered a disorderly persons offens...
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  • What is tag switching?

    Jul 8, 2022

    There are many types of retail theft. Most shoplifting simply involves concealing an item and trying to leave the store without pay. It’s a very simple act that is often caught on camera or by alarm systems.As such, there has been the rise of a practice known as tag switching. What is this and why could you face serious legal charges if you do it? If you’re a parent, what does it mean if you...
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  • Retail fraud or shoplifting is more than a teenage mistake

    Jun 18, 2022

    Shoplifting is one of the more common criminal forms of teenage rebellion. Young adults will pocket something on impulse while at a store or even grab something and take off running because they assume they won't get caught. Despite the flippant attitude that young adults and even their parents may have about shoplifting accusations, New Jersey imposes strict penalties for those accused of spectrum retail establishments. Teenagers or young adults face jail time and fine...
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  • Retail Theft Charges: What Do I Do?

    Dec 11, 2019

    Shoplifting is a serious offense. It is not a prank or a cheap thrill, and it could get you in deep trouble. In many cases, even an honest mistake can spell trouble when an unmoved shopkeeper decides to press charges. What Constitutes Retail Theft? Retail theft, commonly referred to as shoplifting, is defined as having two major components: the concealment or taking of merchandise meant for sale and the intent to deprive the merchant o...
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