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Grand Theft or Petty Theft in NJ: Which Charge Applies?

Have you been accused of any type of theft allegation in New Jersey? If so, it’s important to realize how the distinction of the crime makes a difference in the type of penalties you might face. The most commonly charged theft crimes in New Jersey are petty theft and grand theft. Grand theft involves crimes in which the value of the property taken is higher than those for petty theft charges and accordingly have more severe penalties on the line.

Regardless of the type of theft in question, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney in New Jersey who can help you. Any type of theft is considered a crime. Petty theft involves property valued at less than $200. Petty theft criminals can face as much as 6 months in jail and up to $1000 in fines. Grand theft, however, includes thefts of higher value. The greater the theft, or situations that involve the theft of multiple possessions, can easily elevate your crime to grand theft. Much more significant penalties are on the line for grand theft.

The law separates thefts even further in New Jersey making it even more confusing for someone who has been accused. Thefts are put into two different categories in New Jersey- that of second-degree and third-degree. The most serious grand theft charges are third-degree thefts. If you have been accused of any type of grand theft or petty theft in New Jersey, your willingness to contact an attorney you can trust can make things much easier in your case.

Your attorney, for example, may challenge the validity of any evidence or argue that the person who has accused you of this crime has made a mistake. These efforts may help to minimize the potential for your charges and convictions.

Talented NJ criminal defense lawyer John W. Tumelty will handle your case with care: contact the Law Office of John Tumelty at 609-390-4600 or via his online contact form to get started on your case today,


The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney/client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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