Have You Or A Loved One Been Accused Of Theft By Deception in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, crimes of theft can result in serious penalties- from heavy fines to a lengthy jail sentence. Both misdemeanor and felony crimes of theft are taken seriously under New Jersey state law, and i`t’s important to build a strong case for your defense if you or a loved one have been accused of this type of criminal act.

Not all property theft crimes are penalized in the same way. Whatever punishments and penalties an individual could potentially face depends on the circumstances under which the crime was committed. For this reason, it is crucially important that people understand the specific criminal charges that they could face after committing a property theft crime in New Jersey.

At The Bianchi Law Group, we have defended a multitude of clients who have been accused of theft by deception – and many other types of theft. Our goal is to understand the circumstances under which this criminal act allegedly occurred, and to build a strong case for your defense that minimizes your penalties as best as possible.

What Is Theft By Deception?

Under New Jersey state law, in order to convict defendant of theft by deception, the State must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • That defendant obtained the property of another;
  • That defendant purposely obtained the property by deception; and
  • That the victim relied upon the deception in parting with the property.

According to this section of New Jersey State Code of Criminal Justice, theft by deception occurs when an individual intentionally ensures that another person does not become privy to information about the transaction or situation by which they received the stolen property in question. If you fail to correct the situation, knowing the act was illegal, or even if you make a false impression about a situation with the intention of deceiving another person, theft by deception has occurred.

What Penalties Apply To Theft By Deception In New Jersey?

If you or a loved one have been convicted of theft by deception, you need the help of an attorney right away. It will be incredibly important to build a strong defense, as penalties for this crime can be severe. The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner you and your attorney can get started on your defense case.

Under New Jersey state law, second degree theft by deception carries a jail term that can range anywhere from a minimum of five years to a maximum of ten years. You will also likely be fined, the maximum amount of which cannot exceed $150,000. A charge of theft by deception in the third degree is penalized by a five year prison charge.

If you are convicted of theft by deception in the second degree, the jail term is 5-10 years and the maximum fine is $150,000. A third degree conviction of theft can lead to five years incarcerated and a fine as high as $15,000. Additionally, there is a potential incarceration term of 18 months and fine of $10,000 for theft by deception in the fourth degree. For a disorderly persons offense of theft by deception, you may face up to six months in a federal prison and fines up to $1,000.00.

As with any other criminal charge, penalties can be increased and exacerbated by the mitigating circumstances under which the crime was committed. For example, if you stole property from someone and were violent, aggressive, or otherwise physically harmful to them in any other way, you will likely face penalties for these criminal acts on top of the charge for the theft. For this reason, it’s incredibly important to speak with a lawyer as soon as you’ve gotten into trouble with the law. These cases become complicated very quickly and, without the right help, you could be facing lengthy jail time.

Schedule A Free No-Obligation Consultation With The Bianchi Law Group If You Have Been Accused Of A Crime Of Theft In New Jersey

At The Bianchi Law Group, our experienced team of trial criminal defense attorneys make sure that the New Jersey state government can prove the case beyond a reasonable double. Our criminal defense attorneys won’t hesitate to select a jury and take the case to trial if your case cannot be resolved with a dismissal or fair and just plea bargain.

Schedule a consultation with The Bianchi Law Group today. Our New Jersey criminal defense attorneys are trial-tested former prosecutors who will stop at nothing to get you the most favorable outcome possible.