South Jersey Theft Crime Defense Lawyer
Veteran Criminal Defense Lawyer in New Jersey Fights to Protect Clients’ Rights in Burlington County Theft Crime Cases
A conviction for the crime of theft can seriously limit your opportunities. In addition to the imposition of serious consequences that include a prison sentence and severe financial penalties, you may become ineligible for assisted housing, education grants and food share programs. Even if you are innocent of the crime alleged, it can be difficult to fight against aggressive prosecutors to clear your name. By hiring an experienced and reliable Cherry Hill theft crime defense lawyer to handle your criminal defense, you will level the playing field to ensure the best possible outcome in your case.
At Gelman Law, LLC, we know how serious theft charges can be and take even relatively minor theft crime cases seriously. Our criminal defense lawyer is a former prosecutor that has successfully handled criminal charges in Burlington County and Camden County for years. If you are arrested or have a loved one in jail, call us today so that we can create a personalized strategy that works for you. We can also work to negotiate bail to help you or a loved reduce stress by returning home. We are available 24 hours a day to best accommodate your situation and needs, so call today to see how we can help.
We Handle All Types of Theft Crime Cases
If you have been arrested or charged with a theft crime, you should seek the counsel of an experienced theft crime defense lawyer immediately. Prosecutors have a professional duty to seek a conviction. This means that they are often obligated to seek the harshest possible level of offense that they believe they can successfully prosecute. Because of this, it is important that you fight back to limit the prosecution’s chance of success.
Various factors will dictate the level of theft-related criminal charges that you may face. For example, shoplifting may be charged as a less severe disorderly persons offense depending upon the value of the stolen items involved. Our experienced theft crime defense lawyer can help you identify the important details in your case that can help minimize the charges and penalties that you will face.
Our law firm can help you with a wide variety of theft cases, including:
- Robbery: Robbery is generally a second-degree crime, but armed robbery is considered to be an aggravated offense that is upgraded to a first-degree crime carrying substantial jail time and fines.
- Burglary: A burglary charge can sometimes be reduced to possession of burglary tools. By investigating the details, we can discover if the charges levied against you are appropriately supported by the prosecution’s evidence.
- Theft: There are many forms of theft in general. Theft of services is the relevant crime when someone obtains services, instead of goods, by unlawful means. Depending upon the facts of your case, you may also be charged with theft by deception or theft by extortion, regardless of whether goods or services are involved.
- Property Theft: If you receive a package by mistake and do not return it, then you may be charged with theft of property. In some cases, you may be charged more seriously with the crime of receiving stolen goods.
- Shoplifting: Depending on the value of the merchandise stolen, shoplifting charges may carry a wide range of penalties and consequences. Our theft crime defense lawyer may be able to formulate a defense that can reduce charges down a disorderly persons charge to minimize the consequences in your case.
Battle-Tested Theft Crime Defense Team at Gelman Law, LLC Helps Clients Effectively Navigate the New Jersey Legal System
Without a guilty plea, prosecutors are required to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt to obtain a conviction. Our skilled theft crime defense lawyer is committed to building a defense that challenges the prosecution and pursues your best outcome by requiring the prosecution to establish every single element of the crime alleged. We will put all of our substantial resources to work to have your charges reduced or even dismissed if possible in your case. If a trial does become unavoidable, we use creative and reliable defense strategies that may result in exoneration or lighten your sentence. Depending on the type of case involved, it may be possible to make restitution to an alleged victim to drop charges.
We work tirelessly to identify any potential faults in the prosecution’s evidence and arguments. For example, the prosecution may be unable to establish ownership, possession of property, or your intent to assign a false value or use coercion to obtain the property at less than fair value. There are many opportunities where our criminal defense attorneys can work to reduce or dismiss charges, and the first step in the process is reaching out for our assistance.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation Today with Skilled Theft Crime Defense Team at Gelman Law, LLC
If you or a loved one are facing theft charges such as shoplifting, stealing, robbery or any other kind of theft, you need a skilled lawyer by your side to advocate for your rights. Conviction for a theft crime can cause significant damage to your good name, reputation and both personal and professional relationships. In New Jersey, you have the right to have a lawyer present during questioning and to refrain from making statements to the police until you have spoken with your lawyer. The sooner you call or contact our legal team, the sooner we can go to work for you to avoid harsh penalties. Our experienced team will scrutinize all available evidence and prepare the most compelling possible defense to help minimize the damage that your arrest could cause.
Frequently Asked Questions About Theft Crimes in New Jersey
To obtain professional licensing in certain professions, such as financial services or law, it is especially important that your criminal history be free of any theft crimes. Other professions that involve the handling of cash or client resources may require a criminal background check where your potential employer is looking for theft related criminal conviction. The basic concern is that a past conviction for theft may show that you are likely to commit theft again in the future, making you less attractive for the job.
In some cases, expungement may be possible after a period of years has passed since completion of your punishment if you were convicted of a relatively low-level theft crime. If your conviction involved a more violent theft crime, such as robbery, expungement may be unavailable. Our experienced lawyer can analyze your specific case to determine whether expungement may be possible for you.