Being accused of any kind of theft is a serious legal matter. You will be at risk for harsh penalties if you are convicted, ranging from expensive fines to jail or prison time depending on if you are facing a misdemeanor or felony offense. A conviction will also lead to serious repercussions beyond those penalties. Your conviction will likely lead to difficulty in your ability to gain certain employment, educational aid, credit lines, or other benefits. Potential employers who gain access to a theft conviction via a background check will likely decide against a job offer for fear of your repeating the offense under their employment.
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What is Theft?
Theft generally refers to crimes involving the taking of someone else’s property without their consent with the intent to permanently deprive them of it. This includes two elements as a crime which include the taking of the property and the intent to deprive. Both of these elements must be proven by the prosecutor for a conviction to occur.
Types of Theft Offenses in New Jersey
Theft can be committed in various ways under New Jersey law.
These include but are not limited to:
- Theft by unlawful taking
- Theft by deception
- Theft by extortion
- Auto theft
- Theft of services
What are the Penalties for Theft in New Jersey?
Penalties for theft of unlawful taking will depend on the value of the goods taken. These include:
- Misdemeanor Theft - Goods valued less than $200 punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000
- Fourth Degree Felony Theft - Goods valued at $200 up to $500 punishable by up to 18 months in jail and a fine of up to $10,000
- Third Degree Felony Theft - Goods valued at $500 up to $75,000 punishable by three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
- Second Degree Felony Theft - Goods valued above $75,000 punishable by five up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000
In cases where theft is committed in connection with a violent crime, such as robbery, carjacking, or aggravated assault, you can face even harsher penalties, such as up to a 30-year prison sentence and fines of up to $200,000.
What is Burglary?
Burglary is defined as entering a building illegally, remaining in the building while knowing that you are not allowed to do so, or trespassing on utility company property. It is enhanced to a more serious charge if you commit burglary with a deadly weapon or if you attempt to, threaten to, or actually cause bodily injury to someone else while in the act. Depending on if you are charged with third-degree or second-degree burglary, you could face three to five or up to 10 years in prison.
The Difference Between Theft and Burglary
According to New Jersey law, stealing does not need to happen for a burglary to take place. A burglary involves property (unlawful breaking and entering).
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