Shoplifting is a criminal or quasi-criminal offense in New Jersey. A criminal offense is one punishable by imprisonment for more than six months. "Quasi" means almost. A quasi-criminal offense is punishable by imprisonment for six months or less. The grading of a shoplifting offense is determined by the value of the merchandise shoplifted. Second degree shoplifting is one involving merchandise having a value of $75,000 or more and is punishable, upon conviction, by imprisonment for up to ten years. Third degree shoplifting is one involving merchandise with a value of less than $75,000 but more than $500 and is punishable, upon conviction, by imprisonment for up to five years. Fourth degree shoplifting is one involving merchandise worth no more than $500 but at least $200 and is punishable, upon conviction, by imprisonment for up to eighteen months. Shoplifting is a disorderly persons offense when the value of the merchandise involved is less than $200. When shoplifting is a disorderly persons offense it is punishable, upon conviction, by up to six months imprisonment. For a third or subsequent conviction for disorderly persons shoplifting, there is a mandatory and minimum punishment of ninety days imprisonment.

Shoplifting is theft. Theft is committed when one intentionally deprives the owner of property  of the possession or benefit thereof without the consent of the owner of the property. One may commit shoplifting in various ways; by leaving a store with merchandise without paying for the merchandise; by altering or transferring a label, price tag or other indicia of the value of merchandise; by removing merchandise from its original container and placing it in any other container; by under-ringing the full retail value of merchandise; or by removing a shopping cart from a store or retail premises having, in each instance, the intention of permanently depriving a merchant of the possession, use, benefit or value of the merchandise or shopping cart. The purposeful concealment of merchandise on one's person or on the person of another creates the presumption that one intends to shoplift the merchandise. This presumption may be rebutted by the defendant's evidence. The same presumption is created by one's purposeful concealment of merchandise within the subject store or other retail establishment or outside the subject store or other retail establishment or another store or other retail establishment. The defendant's evidence can also rebut this presumption.

A shoplifting conviction has serious consequences for one's future employment opportunities. Shoplifting, being a form of theft, is a crime of moral turpitude and a conviction for same disqualifies one from working for a bank or insurance company and will probably make it unlikely that one will be hired for any other position of trust.


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