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New Jersey Theft Lawyer (5 Star Client Reviews)

New Jersey Theft Lawyer


In New Jersey, anyone convicted of theft will be subject to hefty fines, community service and even jail.  The severity of the offense is generally determined by the value of the stolen property.   Therefore, it is important for any charged with theft in New Jersey to consult with an experienced New Jersey Theft Lawyer.  The Sloan Law Firm handles theft charges Union County, Morris County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Essex County, Somerset County and throughout New Jersey.  The firm offers free initial consultations on all theft offense cases.


New Jersey Thefts Laws

N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3. Theft by unlawful taking or disposition

a. Movable property. A person is guilty of theft if he unlawfully takes, or exercises unlawful control over, movable property of another with purpose to deprive him thereof.

b. Immovable property. A person is guilty of theft if he unlawfully transfers any interest in immovable property of another with purpose to benefit himself or another not entitled thereto.

N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4. Theft by deception

A person is guilty of theft if he purposely obtains property of another by deception. A person deceives if he purposely:

a.  Creates or reinforces a false impression, including false impressions as to law, value, intention or other state of mind, and including, but not limited to, a false impression that the person is soliciting or collecting funds for a charitable purpose; but deception as to a person’s intention to perform a promise shall not be inferred from the fact alone that he did not subsequently perform the promise;

b. Prevents another from acquiring information which would affect his judgment of a transaction; or

c. Fails to correct a false impression which the deceiver previously created or reinforced, or which the deceiver knows to be influencing another to whom he stands in a fiduciary or confidential relationship.

The term “deceive” does not, however, include falsity as to matters having no pecuniary significance, or puffing or exaggeration by statements unlikely to deceive ordinary persons in the group addressed.

N.J.S.A. 2C:20-5. Theft by extortion

A person is guilty of theft by extortion if he purposely and unlawfully obtains property of another by extortion. A person extorts if he purposely threatens to:

a. Inflict bodily injury on or physically confine or restrain anyone or commit any other criminal offense;

b. Accuse anyone of an offense or cause charges of an offense to be instituted against any person;

c. Expose or publicize any secret or any asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt or ridicule, or to impair his credit or business repute;

d. Take or withhold action as an official, or cause an official to take or withhold action;

e. Bring about or continue a strike, boycott or other collective action, if the property is not demanded or received for the benefit of the group in whose interest the actor purports to act;

f. Testify or provide information or withhold testimony or information with respect to another’s legal claim or defense; or

g. Inflict any other harm which would not substantially benefit the actor but which is calculated to materially harm another person.

It is an affirmative defense to prosecution based on paragraphs b, c, d or f that the property obtained was honestly claimed as restitution or indemnification for harm done in the circumstances or as lawful compensation for property or services.

New Jersey Theft Lawyer – (908) 358-2938

The Sloan Law Firm provides aggressive and experienced legal to defense to anyone charged with theft in New Jersey.  If you or a loved one have been charged with theft and would like to discuss the charge with a New Jersey Theft lawyer, please do not hesitate to contact the Sloan Law Firm at: (908) 358-2938.  The initial consultation is always free.  We are available 24/7.

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