According to authorities, a man in Clifton was caught shoplifting at the Corrado’s store on Main Street. Police allegedly received reports that 29 year-old Jean Carlos Santana-Maldonado had shoplifted and that the suspect had fled on foot. Once police apprehended Santana-Maldonado on a neighboring street, they also discovered that the suspect have driven to Corrado’s in a stolen 1998 Honda Civic which they believe was stolen from Hackensack. Police allegedly found in the car several pieces of “potential stolen property.” Santana-Maldonado was subsequently charged with Shoplifting, Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. Click here to read more at www.northjersey.com.
The charge of shoplifting in New Jersey is typically a disorderly persons offense which is punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to 6 months in the county jail. Depending on the value of the items which were allegedly stolen, you may face more severe consequences which are as follows:
Shoplifting – Second Degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison if the full retail value of the merchandise is $75,000 or more.
Shoplifting – Third Degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of between 3 and 5 years in New Jersey State Prison if the full retail value of the merchandise exceeds $500 but is less than $75,000.
Shoplifting – Fourth Degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison if the full retail value of the merchandise is at least $200 but less than $500.
If you find yourself in a situation where you are charged with Shoplifting, you should contact an attorney immediately. Especially given the possibility of jail time, it is essential to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer to guide you through the process. Former Morris County Prosecutor, Alissa D. Hascup has successfully represented countless individuals charged with Shoplifting in towns like Clifton, Paterson, and Wayne. Contact her office for a free consultation about your case. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.