Camden County Theft Defense Attorney
Giving a Voice to the Criminally Accused in Camden County
Any time law enforcement officials believe you took something of value from another person, you could find yourself facing serious theft charges in New Jersey. However, these crimes often involve a considerable amount of hearsay and to be convicted of any theft, you must be proven guilty of all elements of the offense. This means that the prosecutor must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Experienced Camden County theft defense lawyer Jill R. Cohen knows that theft charges often arise out of a mistake or a misunderstanding. For more than 30 years, Ms. Cohen has defended people charged with theft crimes, including robbery, burglary, and embezzlement. Attorney Cohen is a former prosecutor, so she knows how the other side builds theft cases and will put her knowledge and experience to work defending you against your charges.
“Theft” itself is a broad concept that includes a wide range of offenses that vary in severity. As such, the penalties associated with theft depend on the specific charges brought forth.
At The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, we defend clients accused of all types of theft, including:
- Breaking and entering
- Auto theft
- Armed robbery
- White-collar crimes, including fraud or forgery
- Credit card fraud
- Writing bad checks
Depending on the alleged offense, you could be facing charges for an indictable offense (the equivalent of a felony in other states) or a disorderly persons offense (the equivalent of a misdemeanor in other states).
Factors that affect which charges you face include:
- The specific type of theft you allegedly committed
- Whether you are a first-time or repeat offender
- The value of the property that was stolen
- Whether another crime was committed in conjunction with the theft
- Where the theft took place
Serious Theft Charges Require Serious Legal Representation
The circumstances of how and why you have been accused of, arrested for, or charged with theft are less important than taking immediate action to protect your rights. An experienced criminal defense attorney with a zeal for protecting the accused is your best ally. At The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, we know how to poke holes in the prosecutor’s case by working tirelessly to obtain a favorable outcome. Many theft cases can ultimately be dismissed.
You can count on our firm to negotiate for the following on your behalf:
- Dismissal of the case
- Reduction of the charges
- Probation instead of jail time
- No prison time or reduced jail time
- Restitution in lieu of conviction
Penalties for Theft Convictions
The consequences of a theft conviction will depend on the specific charges that prosecutors have brought against you.
Penalties may include:
- First-degree felony: Up to 30 years in prison and up to $200,000 in fines. You’ll likely only be charged with a first-degree theft felony if you committed another violent crime in conjunction with the theft.
- Second-degree felony: Between 5 and 10 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines. This charge is usually reserved for theft crimes involving property worth over $75,000 or accompaniment of another crime, such as robbery.
- Third-degree felony: Between three and five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. This charge is reserved for the theft of anything valued between $500 and $75,000.
- Fourth-degree felony: Up to 18 months in jail and up to $10,000 in fines. You’ll face this charge if you’re found guilty of stealing property worth between $200 and $500.
- Disorderly persons offense: Up to six months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. You’ll be charged with a disorderly persons offense if you steal property worth less than $200.
Seek Legal Support from The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen
After you’ve been charged with any crime, the sooner you contact a criminal defense attorney, the more options you’ll have for a successful outcome. Protect your rights, your freedom, and your future by retaining our Camden County theft defense lawyer. We are prepared to answer your questions, respond to your concerns, and outline possible defense strategies to clear you of your charges.
Call (856) 351-5115 now to get started.
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