Have you or a family member been charged with shoplifting? If so, you owe it to yourself and your family to have experienced counsel by your side. You need the sound counsel of a highly competent attorney familiar with the municipal court system. The experienced attorneys at Malamut & Associates can help you. Contact Malamut & Associates today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting you.
Municipal court matters are often taken far too lightly. If you have been charged with a violation of New Jersey law and are required to appear in municipal court, the consequences can be significant. A traffic violation, DUI, or Drug Possession can result in the suspension of your driving privileges, monetary penalties, community service, increased auto insurance premiums, and even jail time. Matters of the Municipal Courts may seem like they are no big deal. That is, until you’re standing in front of the prosecutor or judge with nothing to say in your defense. Sure, some people can handle their own Municipal issues successfully without a lawyer. Maybe they will get the best possible outcome. Maybe they won’t. They probably don’t know if they did or they didn’t. Sadly, the majority of people who go it alone wish they had the foresight to seek legal advice before walking into that courtroom. If you or a family member are facing charges in the municipal courts, do not hesitate to contact Malamut & Associates today. Good counsel can mean all of the difference.
At Malamut & Associates, we know how frustrating and intimidating the municipal court experience can be. We are committed to representing the rights of individuals facing the municipal court system. We have retired county prosecutors, current municipal court prosecutors, and career defense lawyers at our disposal. We all collaborate to get our clients the best possible results. Before retaining another law firm, you owe it to yourself to speak to us and see what we can do for you. We understand that good people sometimes make mistakes; we won’t judge you. No firm can guide you through the system better than Malamut & Associates.How will a theft/shop lifting conviction effect your life?
Theft convictions can hurt your chances of finding employment or being licensed in a trade or field. There is also the social stigma of being labeled as a “thief”. Employers won’t want to hire you. People may avoid you altogether. It can be a dramatic change in lifestyle and public perception.Theft Charges in Municipal Court
Municipal Court in New Jersey are typically involved in three types of theft. They are known as disorderly persons’ offenses (**LINK TO MISDEMEANORS).
- Theft of movable property
- Receiving stolen property
- Theft by deception
Disorderly person’s offenses are thefts less than $200. However, indictable theft charges, where the amount of theft is excess of $200, can be downgraded to the municipal court system by discretion.Penalties for Disorderly Person’s Theft Offenses
The normal fine is between no fine at all and $1000. There are also court fees to contend with. Most importantly, JAIL TIME IS POSSIBLE. Especially when there are multiple instances and charges of theft. The defendant could also be forced to pay restitution to their victims.
Contact Malamut & Associates today to schedule a free consultation.
We offer free consultations in person at our Cherry Hill, NJ office, or we can come to you. All personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning that you will not pay any attorney fees at all unless we secure recovery compensation on your behalf. If we are not the appropriate firm to help you, we will offer counsel as to your best options. A representative of the firm can be reached at (856)424-1808, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We look forward to meeting you.