• In NJ, shoplifting is a misdemeanor (disorderly person’s offense) that would be heard in the town where the offense took place.
  • Whether the shoplifting involves a dollar bottle of shampoo or much larger amount of goods, the penalties are the same.
  • First offense for shoplifting, depending on the circumstances of the case, can carry a potential of probationary period.
  • Subsequent convictions can rise to the level that involves time in county jail.
  • These cases can sometimes turn into theft or robbery depending on the circumstances of the case.
  • A consultation with an experienced New Jersey crimes attorney is a must prior to proceeding on a theft, robbery or shoplifting case.