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What Are the Consequences of Theft Crimes in New Jersey?

Theft is a broad term that covers a large range of different criminal acts. To learn more about the magnitude of theft crimes and how they can affect an individual’s life, do not wait to reach out to one of our skilled and competent Bergen County Criminal Defense Attorneys today. Our legal team is on your side.

What are the penalties for theft in New Jersey?

The state of New Jersey takes theft crimes seriously, which is why if you have been charged, you can expect heavy consequences. It is important to note that there are a number of different kinds of theft crimes that are recognized by New Jersey law, and they all have varying degrees of seriousness. All of these convictions are punishable offenses, however, some face far more severe repercussions than others. Some of the different types of theft offenses and their corresponding penalties include the following:

  • Stolen property valued under $200: Usually met with a disorderly person offense
  • Stolen property valued between $200-$500: Here, this offense is considered a fourth-degree crime, and can result in up to 18 months of jail time
  • Stolen property valued between $500-$75,000, or the theft of a firearm, vehicle, controlled substance less than a kilogram, or a blank prescription pad: This refers to a third-degree crime, and it can result in up to 5 years of jail time
  • Stolen property greater than $75,00, or human remains, extortion, or theft of a controlled substance greater than one kilogram: This is a second-degree theft crime and can result in up to 10 years in jail

If you have been charged with any of the following, it is in your best interest to reach out to our experienced Bergen County theft attorney today.

What is an armed robbery?

In the event that the act of stealing involves a weapon, that individual will likely be convicted of an armed robbery charge. Moreover, if the weapon used in the act of stealing was stolen, the penalties can be even harsher. If you have been charged with a violent crime in the state of New Jersey, you will most likely be subjected to the No Early Release Act, which asserts that those sentenced with certain violent crimes must serve at least 85% of their sentence before they are qualified for parole. Charges of theft have detrimental life-long consequences, so it is critical that you hire the services of a knowledgeable attorney that can do whatever it takes to either reduce or dismiss the charges.


Kevin T. Conway is an experienced Bergen County criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need an aggressive criminal lawyer, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation.

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