Theft Crimes

Daniel M. Rosenberg & Associates are criminal defense attorneys who regularly handle adult & juvenile theft crimes defense in Burlington County, NJ.

The penalties if convicted of a theft crime in New Jersey depend on the circumstances of the theft. The degree of the crime and the penalty depends on the value of the property or the type of property stolen. For example, a second degree robbery sentence is likely to be more harsh than a third degree. N.J.S.A. 2C:20-2(c) provides the grading of theft offenses.

A theft crime in New Jersey is of the second degree if:

A theft crime in New Jersey is of the third degree if:

A theft crime in New Jersey is of the fourth degree if:

A theft crime in New Jersey is a disorderly persons offense if:

Common Theft Crimes

Common theft-related offenses in New Jersey include:

Theft vs. Fraud

Forgery and fraudulent practices are prohibited conduct in New Jersey. Forgery and fraud crimes are in the same vein as “theft” crimes, but the conduct prohibited relates specifically to misrepresentations and conduct that includes the “purpose to defraud”. Typically, individuals who are alleged to have participated in fraud-related conduct will also be charged with theft.

For instance, a “purse snatching” matter is theft, while using a forged prescription or a bad check is forgery and theft. As such, an individual accused of stealing a purse will likely be charged with theft. The passing of a bad check will commonly result in a charge of forgery and theft.

Fraud-related offenses can vary in their degree of severity based on the specifics of the offense and the amount that was taken. Some of the common fraud charges include:

Learn more about the penalties and defenses for fraud crimes in New Jersey.