New Jersey College Students - Don't Shoplift

Posted by: Wiley Lavender on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

It is a commonly held misconception that shoplifting is “not a big deal.”  Do you know who is a shoplifter?  A college student who changes the price tag on an item of clothing and buys it at that price.  Or, the student cashier who does not charge his fraternity brother the full price for a concert ticket.  As a result, both students could be charged with violating New Jersey’s Shoplifting law.

In New Jersey, shoplifting is a violation of the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice.  The law applies to multiple acts, including anytime a person purposely takes possession of any merchandise offered for sale by any store or other retail establishment with the intent of depriving the merchant of the possession, use, or benefit of that merchandise. 

Property that is subject to the provisions of the New Jersey Shoplifting statutes range from admission tickets, domestic animals and shopping carts to food and drink.  For example, a person eats and runs without paying can be charged with violating New Jersey’s shoplifting statutes.

The degrees of shoplifting violations range from being a disorderly persons offense to a Second Degree crime.  A conviction for a disorderly persons offense could result in a term of imprisonment up to six months.  A crime of the Second Degree can carry a possible term of imprisonment ranging from five to ten years.  Consequently, either offense is a serious crime. So, don't shoplift students. You will also get in trouble with your school.

Call a Lawyer

A person charged with shoplifting needs capable and experienced legal counsel to provide them with sound representation.  If you or anyone you know has been charged with shoplifting, contact me.