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Although Princeton Township is one of the more affluent towns in all of New Jersey, it does deal with its fair share of crime, especially shoplifting offenses. At first glance, the fact that Princeton issues so many shoplifting charges each year seems a little unusual since it is not home to a major mall. But when you look at all the stores located inside the township, including Walmart, Home Depot, HomeGoods, Dicks, Best But, Wegmans, Sams Club, Target and Lowe’s it shouldn’t be a surprise to hear how many shoplifting cases they preside over each year. Shoplifting is one of those hybrid crimes, meaning it could be considered either an indictable (felony) or disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor). If you have been placed under arrest and charged with shoplifting in Princeton, it is crucial that you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A shoplifting conviction could not only land a Defendant behind bars and scar them with a criminal record but it could also lead to deportation proceedings as well. Since shoplifting is considered a crime of moral turpitude, anyone convicted of this offense will almost certainly be facing immigration consequences as well. If you would like to speak to one of our shoplifting defense attorneys, then please contact us at 609-789-0779.
Accused of Shoplifting in Princeton New Jersey?
At Proetta & Oliver, we comprehend the stress that most feel when they have been placed in handcuffs and ushered aware in the back of a police car. That is why we try to make this process as painless as possible for our clients. At our firm, we offer our clients the experience and poise typical at big firms, but with the individual client service of a smaller office. We believe in continuity when it comes to the attorney client relationship. At our office, your case will not be juggled back and forth between several attorneys who do not know you or the facts of your case. Mr. Oliver, one of the firms founding partners personally handles all shoplifting matters that arise out of Princeton. If you would like to speak to Mr. Oliver about your options, then please contact us at 609-789-0779.
Where will Charges be Litigated?
All shoplifting charges that occur in the Township of Princeton will be governed by NJSA 2C:20-11b. As touched upon earlier, shoplifting cases are considered hybrid offenses, therefore, they can either be considered a felony or a misdemeanor offense. The degree of the shoplifting case will be determined solely by the dollar amount of the merchandise in question. Furthermore, the degree of the offense will also dictate what court has jurisdiction over the case as well. All indictable shoplifting cases that occur within the Township of Princeton must be transferred to the Mercer County Superior Court, which is located at 400 South Warren Ave in Trenton. Conversely, all disorderly persons offenses that occur within the Township of Princeton will be heard in the Princeton Municipal Court, which is located at 400 Witherspoon Street. For more information on shoplifting offenses in New Jersey, please click the link.
Shoplifting Attorneys who Serve Princeton Township
Princeton takes all shoplifting offenses very seriously. Over the years, major stores like Home Depot, Walmart, Lowe, Dicks and Wegmans, have invested a tremendous amount of money into there loss prevention units in an effort to cut down on would be shoplifters. They also seek to have these types of cases prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law to deter shoplifters. That is why we strongly recommend that if you or a loved one has been charged with shoplifting in Princeton, that you speak to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. If you would like to speak to one of our Mercer County criminal defense attorneys about your options, then please contact us at 609-789-0779. Now here is some information on shoplifting offenses, including where the charges will be litigated.