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What are the most common reasons that push a person to shoplift?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Criminal Law | 0 comments

In New Jersey, shoplifting can take on many forms. For instance, under the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, a person shoplifts when he or she purposefully takes possession of merchandise and carries it away, or a person shoplifts by merely concealing merchandise on his or her person with the intent to permanently remove the merchandise. Another example of shoplifting is transferring a price tag or label from one product to another to alter the price. Multiple examples exist in Title 2C of the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice at N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11. However, the reasons that people shoplift varies. Psychology Today published an online article in August of 2014 titled, “Why Do People Steal?” This article highlights that while some people steal out of need, such as an individual in a dire financial situation, other times theft is less conspicuous to the person engaging in the activity. For instance, a person might feel justified when they believe a major retailer has overpriced an item, or a person might think they paid for other services with a merchant and they should get the merchandise they desire as a part of the other service. There are also people who enjoy the false-thrill that accompanies shoplifting. An individual who enjoys the false-thrill might experience an emotional rush by breaking the law, or that person might benefit from the idea that they are getting back at big corporate America in the case where the theft involves a large retailer. Regardless of the reason, if you find that you need a Freehold Shoplifting Lawyer because you got accused of shoplifting in New Jersey, then call Thomas & Krail LLC of Freehold, New Jersey, and make sure that you have qualified representation on your...

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Shoplifting at Barney’s

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Criminal Law | 0 comments

Last month, a man was arrested after attempting to steal shirts worth $1,240 from Barney’s in New York City. Shoplifting has recently become more common in high-end department stores in the Big Apple, with nine known instances at Bloomingdales in a two month period. However, New York City retailers are not the only ones losing money to shoplifting; it happens all across the country. Earlier this month, at the mall in Moorestown, New Jersey, a woman was arrested for attempting to steal $960 in Nike apparel by concealing it in a shopping bag. New Jersey law considers shoplifting to be intentionally taking an item without paying it by hiding it on yourself or something you’re carrying, as well as paying less than full price for an item by altering, removing, or switching the item’s price tag. The charges and penalties for shoplifting in New Jersey are based on the full retail price of the item(s) taken. The tiers are as follows: Second Degree-full retail value of $75,000 or more; 10-15 years inprisonment, fine up to $150,000 Third Degree-full retail value of $500; 3-5 years inprisonment, fine up to $15,000 Fourth Degree-full retail value of between $200 and $500; up to 18 months inprisonment, fine up to $10,000 Disorderly Persons Offense-full retail of less than $200; up to 6 months inprisonment, fine up to $1,000 Each offense also includes mandatory community service. A New Jersey shoplifting lawyer can assist store owners in understanding their rights regarding detention of the suspect and restitution for merchandise. If you are the owner of a retail business looking for someone to help you with your loss prevention rights, contact New Jersey shoplifting lawyer Thomas & Krail....

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Shoplifting Penalties in New Jersey

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Criminal Law | 0 comments

The penalties for shoplifting vary from state, and in New Jersey, if you walk out of a store without paying for an item of merchandise, you may face community service, fines or even jail time. Because the state of New Jersey considers shoplifting to be a crime of moral turpitude, a convicted shoplifter who is not a U.S. citizen may even be deported. Grading of Shoplifting Penalties in New Jersey The penalties for shoplifting laws in New Jersey are graded according to the retail value of the stolen merchandise, as per the following: Over $75,000 – This is a second degree offense and carries a penalty of a custodial sentence between 5 and 10 years and a fine of up to $150,000. $500 to $75,000 – Third degree, 3 to 5 years’ custodial sentence, fine up to $15,000. $200 to $500 – Fourth degree, up to 18 months in prison, fine up to $10,000. Below $200, first offense, Disorderly Persons Offense, up to 6 months’ custodial sentence, fine up to $1,000. Additional mandatory penalties include 10, 15 or 20 days’ community service for first, second and third offenses, respectively. Anyone convicted of a third or subsequent offense faces a minimum prison term of 90 days. Civil Penalties for Shoplifting in New Jersey What makes New Jersey unique is that convicted shoplifters may also be required to compensate the store owners for court costs and legal fees in addition to the basic fine of usually $150. What to Do if Stopped for Shoplifting People are sometimes stopped for shoplifting for perfectly innocent reasons. You may genuinely forget that you have picked up an item of merchandise. If you are looking for New Jersey Shoplifting Attorney, contact Thomas & Krail LLC by calling (732) 333-0477...

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New Jersey Proposes Lowering Legal Drinking Age

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Criminal Law | 0 comments

A bill filed in the New Jersey General Assembly would lower the legal drinking age to eighteen, under the rationale that if you can vote, buy a home, get married, and serve in the military, then you should be able to purchase and consume alcohol. A recent editorial in the Star-Ledger, in opposition to the bill, argued that lowering the drinking age may increase highway fatalities, due to a possible increase in drunk driving, which is already a problem for drivers under twenty-one. The editorial cited a study from the Center for Disease Control, which revealed that 10% of motorists nationwide were under 21, but accounted for 17% of highway fatalities involving alcohol. There was also concern that lowering the drinking age could affect brain development, as the brain is not fully formed at eighteen. No matter your age, a drunk driving arrest in New Jersey is a serious offense that can result in license suspension, fines, or jail time. You can expect harsh penalties if charged with a DUI or DWI in Freehold, New Jersey. If charged with a DUI, you should contact a respected Freehold, New Jersey drunk driving attorney. The attorneys of Thomas & Krail have 29 years of litigation experience, with expertise in DUI/DWI law. They understand your rights and will fight hard to make sure they are protected. Being charged with a DUI is stressful, and could have a devastating impact on your life if not handled by a respected New Jersey drunk driving attorney. Contact  Thomas & Krail at (732) 333-0477 to schedule a consultation to protect yourself and your future....

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New Jersey Speeding Ticket Attorney

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Criminal Law, Home Page, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Almost everyone has had the unfortunate experience of receiving a speeding ticket. While these tickets are common, many are not aware of the legal consequences involved with admitting to a speeding ticket. These include fines, driving record points and increased insurance rates. Speeding tickets may be challenged and possibly dismissed. A New Jersey speeding ticket attorney can review your case, advise you of the potential consequences, and help you challenge the ticket. Speeding ticket cases are not as straight-forward as they may seem. To be guilty of speeding, there must be reliable and credible evidence that you did in fact exceed the speed limit. All too often drivers rely on an officer’s word and do not inquire into the actual evidence. Typically, police officers will use speed detection devices to establish speeding. Police are required to follow specific procedures to establish reliability of these devices. Sometimes, officers fail to follow the procedures and the information obtained from the device cannot be considered against you. Officers also will use visual estimations of speed, which can also be called into question by a speeding ticket attorney. Police may have been mistaken about the actual posted speed limit, which can be pointed out in your defense. Often, the process of proving the speeding ticket is time consuming and expensive for the prosecution, so an attorney can negotiate a lesser penalty. This can save you money on fines and prevent adverse consequences related to your driving record. A speeding ticket attorney will be familiar with the common negotiation tactics. If you have received a speeding ticket in New Jersey, contact a New Jersey speeding ticket attorney immediately to learn your options. The attorneys at Thomas & Krail have experience defending those dealing with speeding tickets. Contact Thomas & Krail today to schedule a...

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