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NJSA 2C:20-3

 

Theft by unlawful taking or disposition charge (NJSA 2C:20-3) in New Jersey carries major legal consequences. If you are convicted of a Theft Charge (NJSA 2C:20-3) you may be subject to huge fines, have a stained record, and may face jail time.

However, in our justice system, YOU HAVE RIGHTS! Including the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Attorney Peter Michael will make sure your rights are heard and protected.

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WHAT IS THEFT IN NEW JERSEY? NJSA 2C:20-3

Under NJSA 2C:20-3, you may be charged with Theft by unlawful taking or disposition, if you:

    • Moveable property. A person is guilty of theft if he unlawfully takes, or exercises unlawful control over, movable property of another with the purpose to deprive him thereof.
    • Immovable property. A person is guilty of theft if he unlawfully transfers any interest in immovable property of another with purpose to benefit himself or another not entitled thereto.

If convicted of NJSA 2C:20-3, it’s likely you will be subject fines, court costs, and restitution. Also, your record may be stained resulting in less employment opportunities for you.

HOW CAN YOU DEFEND AGAINST A THEFT CHARGE IN NJ?

Due to the seriousness of the above penalties, it’s important to look over all possible defense options.

Pre-Trial

It is important to look at how police and prosecutors gathered the evidence which they plan to use against you. If that evidence was obtained in violation of your constitutional rights or statutes that govern criminal procedure, it could be excluded. For example:

  • An item connected to a theft could have been obtained as the result of an illegal search and/or seizure
  • A statement, including a confession, could have been obtained in violation of your Miranda rights
  • Eyewitness identification could have been obtained through an improperly conducted lineup or other faulty procedure.

If evidence is excluded before a case goes to trial, the prosecutor may agree to dismiss a theft NJSA 2C:20-3 charge or reduce the charge to a lesser offense.

Trial

During trial, your lawyer can challenge the prosecution’s evidence through cross-examination and other strategies and techniques.

 

Your lawyer can seek to convince the jury that the prosecution has failed to establish each element of the theft charge beyond a reasonable doubt.

Additionally, your lawyer can present evidence to support a defense such as an alibi which establishes that you were somewhere else when the theft was allegedly committed.

It is important to work with a lawyer who will gather all evidence in your case, carefully assess it, explore all potential defenses available to you and provide you with an honest evaluation of your case.

 

HOW CAN A THEFT DEFENSE ATTORNEY NEW JERSEY HELP YOU?

When you work with us at Peter Michael Law, you’ll realize that your legal problems are our legal problems. We care about our client’s well-being, not their payments. 

At Peter Michael Law, we can provide top notch service at every stage of your case, including; 

  • Making sure the prosecution complies with its discovery obligations and collecting all evidence that bears on your case
  • Filing all available pre-trial motions in an effort to exclude any unlawfully obtained evidence and, perhaps, to get the charges against you dropped or dismissed
  • Working with the prosecutor to seek a reasonable plea agreement, fully consulting with you about the terms of that agreement and advising you about the pros and cons of accepting the offer or going to trial
  • Presenting a vigorous defense for you in court if you choose to go to trial
  • Fighting for minimum consequences if your case goes to sentencing
  • Representing you in all post-trial matters, including appeals and expungement applications.

 

IF YOU HAVE JUST RECEIVED THEFT CHARGE NJSA 2C:20-3 IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY AND HAVE QUESTIONS, ATTORNEY PETER A. MICHAEL IS GLAD TO SPEAK WITH YOU AND PROVIDE ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE! 

 

 

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