There are a variety of penalties associated with a charge of Theft in New Jersey. Not only will an individual convicted of a theft crime face serious consequences, they may also feel these impacts for years down the road each time they want to obtain a job, housing, or other loans. Individuals who are not U.S. citizens can also be seriously impacted by a conviction for Theft. The sentencing consequences of a conviction for Theft are most often determined by the value of the item(s) stolen. The possible penalties are as follows:
- Theft of an item valued at less than $200 can result in a conviction for a disorderly persons offense, fines, restitution, and up to 6 months in jail.
- Theft of an item valued between $200 and $500 can result in a conviction for a fourth-degree offense, fines, restitution, and up to 18 months imprisonment.
- Theft of an item valued between $500 and $75,000, or the theft of a firearm, vehicle, blank prescription pad, or a controlled substance that is less than one kilogram, can result in a conviction for a third-degree offense, fines, restitution, and up to 5 years of imprisonment.
- Theft of items valued greater than $75,000 or involve the theft of a controlled substance greater than one kilogram can result in a conviction for a second-degree offense, fines, restitution, and up to 10 years imprisonment.
It is important to note that if a weapon or force is used in the process of a theft, the offense can be upgraded to a robbery which is a more serious offense. The unlawful possession and use of a firearm can also result in additional, more serious charges.
If you have been charged with theft or robbery in New Jersey, contact the Rem Law Group today for quality legal representation to explain the possible consequences and available defenses.