If I’m 18 and today got caught shoplifting, is there any jail time for a first offense?

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If I’m 18 and today got caught shoplifting, is there any jail time for a first offense?

The merchandise was below $200, which is a disorderly person’s offense. Is there any way that I can remove this off my record ? Lots tell me to hire an attorney to guide me through; I want to know if I am hitting some serious stuff?

Asked on December 24, 2015 under Criminal Law, New Jersey

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

In NJ, if found guilty of a disorderly person’s offense you could receive up to 6 months in jail and a fine up to $1,000. Additionally, you will be sentenced to at least 10 days of community service. Further, a conviction can result in loss of employment, denial of student loans, an increase in insurance rates, having trouble renting a place to live, etc.
The fact is that anytime criminal charges are involved legal repsresentation should be sought. An experienced criminal law attorney can possibly get the charge dismissed, reduced or win an acquittal at trial. Right now you should consult directly with a defense lawyer in your area. They can best advise you further.


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