Charged with Shoplifting in Walmart?
Shoplifting is type of theft that occurs when a person enters a store and steals goods with no intention of paying. In most cases, shoplifting is discovered once the person tries to exit the store and security or an alarm detector detects merchandise that has not been purchased. Many people charged with New Jersey shoplifting crimes are good, productive citizens who made an unfortunate mistake. These people deserve a second chance. Additionally, not everyone accused of shoplifting is guilty. As a result, it is imperative that you have an experienced NJ shoplifting attorney, who has handled charges with thefts at Walmart. The right shoplifting lawyer can make all the difference when dealing with your theft charges.
What makes it important that you attorney be familiar with cases specifically at Walmart? Walmart is unique in that it is a small store that handles a variety of departments. Similar to Target and Kohls, Walmart offers a wide range of products from toys, to electronics, clothing, storage and office supplies. Due to this nature, you may walk in to Walmart for one or two items, and walk out with a cart full of things you never expected to buy. It is due to the nature of this, that sometimes items get overlooked and customers are caught off guard leaving the store with unpaid items. The Mollo Law Firm’s attorneys are familiar with the Walmart’s products and procedures, and this can help the attorney’s perspective, and as a result, approach to handling your case. Whether you were accused of stealing electronics or clothing, or something smaller like cosmetics or jewelry, The Mollo Law Firm can advise as to how best prepare your defense.
Fighting Walmart shoplifting cases can be challenging. Walmart shoplifting cases often involve strong evidence, such as video surveillance, that places the defendant at the scene. There may also be witnesses, including store employees or security personnel, who may testify at the time of trial. Finally, the merchandise itself may be used as evidence if it was found on the defendant’s body or in their vehicle.
An experienced shoplifting lawyer who has had specific cases with shoplifters at Walmart, can evaluate all of the evidence and develop case strategy, even if it seems as though there is a slim chance of avoiding a conviction. For instance, your attorney can challenge witness testimony, the constitutionality of the search and how the evidence was processed by law enforcement. An experienced shoplifting lawyer will examine the store video, interview witnesses and conduct an independent investigation. An experienced shoplifting attorney will demand proof of every retail charge and ensure that police followed all rules when conducting their investigation.
Fines & Monetary Penalties for Shoplifting in Walmart
The penalties for New Jersey shoplifting charges are potentially devastating.
|Second Degree Shoplifting:||Fine of up to $150,000|
|Third Degree Shoplifting:||Fine of up to $15,000|
|Fourth Degree Shoplifting:||Fine of up to $10,000|
|Disorderly Persons Shoplifting:||Fine of up to $1,000|
|Second Degree Shoplifting:||Up to 10 Years in Jail|
|Third Degree Shoplifting:||Up to 5 Years in Jail|
|Fourth Degree Shoplifting:||Up to 18 Months in Jail|
|Disorderly Persons Shoplifting:||Up to 6 Months in Jail|
* Anyone convicted of three or more Shoplifting offenses must serve 90 days in jail.
|First Offense Shoplifting:||10 Days Community Service|
|Second Offense Shoplifting:||15 Days Community Service|
|Third Offense Shoplifting:||25 Days Community Service|
The Mollo Law Firm handles shoplifting cases in Walmart and other stores throughout New Jersey. If you have been charged with Shoplifting at Walmart, or anywhere in New Jersey, it is important that you have an experienced New Jersey Shoplifting attorney. Al Mollo recently appeared on television as an authority on Municipal Court cases including, but not limited to, shoplifting cases in Walmart. The right Walmart shoplifting lawyer can make all the difference. Contact our offices for a free consultation. You can reach us at (732) 747-1844 or e-mail Al Mollo directly at . You may also visit our website at www.mollolawfirm.com. Thank you.
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