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How to Fight New Jersey Shoplifting Charges

Shoplifting Attorneys in Rockaway, Woodbridge, Hackensack, and Livingston NJ

Part 2.

“Failure to Provide Speedy Trial”

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If you are arrested for shoplifting in New Jersey, the prosecution has to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt in order for you to be found guity. As a defendant, you are entitled to take your case to trial and to have a speedy trial. Your case cannot simply extend interminably because the State is not prepared to proceed. This provides another excellent defense strategy to fight a shoplifting charge in New Jersey. In shoplifting cases, witnesses are often integral components of the State’s argument, as they provide testimony to back-up whatever they supposedly saw you do to commit a shoplifting crime.

Many times, the witnesses in the case against you will simply fail to appear in court. Often, there are security personnel that initially apprehended you before the police were called to the scene. These individuals are frequently less-than-diligent when it comes to seeing your case through. Under New Jersey law, even if the witness gave a statement to police at the scene, the police officer cannot testify as to what the witness said. This is known as heresay. So, if the witness fails to appear in court on the scheduled date and time, the state cannot use any of their previous statements against you. In fact, our lawyers regulalry file motions to have shoplifting charges dismissed because the witness doesn’t show up in court. The retail establishment working against you doesn’t have the opportunity to make many mistakes before we can have the case thrown out of the courtroom.

More Defenses for an NJ Shoplifting Offense

The strategy above represents just one of the ways that you can win a shoplifting case in New Jersey. For more defense strategies that can work for you in New Jersey, watch the videos below:

Every shoplifting case is unique, so it’s important to find answers that are relevant to your specific circumstances. If you or someone you love has been arrested and charged with shoplifting in Paramus, Rockaway, Woodbridge, Livingston, or elsewhere in New Jersey, contact our shoplifting defense lawyers for a cost-free consultation. Call (201)-556-1570 or schedule an appointment at one of our offices in Hackensack, Morristown, Newark, or Camden. We are available to immediately assist you.

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If you've been charged with a criminal offense, disorderly persons offense, or traffic / DWI violation, you have the right to an attorney who will defend you against your charges and fight for your best interests. To learn more about how your attorney can fight to have your charges dismissed or reduced, click a link below to see our video library of legal defenses and strategies.

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Hackensack, NJ 07601

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55 Madison Avenue Suite 400

Morristown, NJ 07960

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