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  • Navigating the Maze of Theft-Related Offenses in New Jersey: What You Need to Know

    Sep 6, 2023

    Navigating the world of criminal law, particularly when it comes to theft-related offenses, can be an overwhelming experience. Various terms like larceny, robbery, fraud, and embezzlement are often tossed around, creating confusion for those facing charges or those who are victims of theft. This comprehensive guide aims to demystify the multiple categories of What Constitutes Theft in New Jersey Law? In the legal framework of New Jersey, theft is generally characterized as the "unlawfu...
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  • Things to Know About Accidental Shoplifting

    Dec 29, 2022

    You have never intentionally stolen anything in your life, yet now you face theft charges for shoplifting. How did this happen, and what can you do about it? Accidental shoplifting is more common and easy to perpetrate than you may think, and you are not alone in this. Here are some things you should know. Examples of accidental shoplifting In the hustle and bustle of our distracted modern world, there are many ways to unintentionall...
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  • 3 Examples Of Retail Theft

    Nov 25, 2022

    Shoplifting is a common crime across the United States, including in New Jersey. There are many ways to shoplift, and both employees and customers can commit this crime. Here are three examples of retail theft that occur in New Jersey places of business. 1. Switching price tags Theft via switching price tags occurs when a customer takes a label from a lower-priced good and puts it on a higher-priced good, causing the cashier to rin...
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  • Lying On Your Credit Card Application Is Fraud

    May 24, 2022

    Lying on your credit card application might seem harmless. However, According to It is not a small offense When you lie to obtain a line of credit, understand that you indirectly commit a crime against the Federal Reserve. This type of fraud costs banks and lenders several billion dollars every year, and if you use the credit card for interstate commerce, your case becomes a federal crime. Lenders periodically review your credit repor...
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  • What are the legal consequences of switching price tags?

    Dec 13, 2021

    With the prices of most consumer goods continuing to climb, it can be hard for many New Jersey residents to buy food, clothing and other essential items. Still, because retail theft is Instead of outright stealing an item, it may be tempting to swap price tags with a less expensive item. In New Jersey, price tag switching usually constitutes shoplifting. Upon conviction, you may face some harsh consequences for changing price tags. What i...
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  • Do Self Checkout Counters Lead To Inaccurate Shoplifting Charges?

    Aug 31, 2021

    Over the past decade, many retailers have installed numerous self-checkout machines to both increase the speed of transaction flow and reduce the payroll overhead for cashiers. Unfortunately, many of these stores have seen a dramatic increase in shrinkage tied to shoplifting and transaction fraud. Retailers will want to satisfy both conditions as completely as possible – lower payroll while keeping loss prevention numbers to a minimum. However, this might only be possible through technology. B...
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  • New Jersey Shoplifting Penalties

    Apr 21, 2021

    A shoplifting charge in New Jersey can become either a misdemeanor or felony case. The case’s severity depends on the monetary value of the items stolen. The consequences of shoplifting can also vary greatly. Shoplifting defined Any act that includes an attempt to take possession of an item without providing proper compensation constitutes shoplifting. Penalties for shoplifting First-time shoplifters who take property valued at less than $200 face petty theft charges with a maximu...
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  • Is It Illegal To Write A Bad Check?

    Mar 20, 2021

    If you write a check in New Jersey for more money than you have in your account, you’ve officially written a bad check. Some people intentionally write bad checks to defraud others. However, some people write bad checks by accident, and by the time they realize what happened, it’s too late to take it back. Can you go to jail for accidentally writing a bad check? According to If you accidentally write a ba...
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  • New Jersey Residents Accused Of Operating A Stolen Car Ring

    Jan 21, 2021

    The New Jersey State Police have arrested six people who they believe stole Honda and Acura automobiles in Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties and then stripped them for parts. The arrests mark the end of an investigation that began in October 2019. Police say the group used a building in Linden to store stolen cars and sell parts. When police executed a search warrant at the facility in February 2020, they allegedly discovered a stole...
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  • National Retailers Back Harsher Shoplifting Penalties

    Nov 11, 2020

    After George Floyd’s killing at Minneapolis police officers’ hands in May, huge retail companies issued strong statements denouncing the impact of systemic racism and police violence on Black communities. However, many of these companies’ actions contradict that message by advocating for stronger shoplifting laws across the country. So far, Companies opposing state criminal justice reform State retail industry groups primarily oppose reforms that seek to reduce mass incarceration caused by over-policing in communities o...
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