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Woodland Park NJ Shoplifting Charges Result in No Criminal Record

Woodland Park NJ Shoplifting Defense Attorneys

Woodland Park (formerly “West Paterson) NJ Criminal Defense

Passaic County NJ Criminal Defense Lawyers
Passaic County NJ Criminal Defense Lawyers

Travis J. Tormey and Alissa Hascup of the Tormey Law Firm LLC recently represented a client charged with shoplifting in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11. The alleged shoplifting was an amount under $200, so it was graded as a disorderly persons offense and was handled in the Woodland Park Municipal Court. As such, if our client was convicted of this offense he would be subject to the following penalties: up to a $1,000 fine, up to six (6) months in the Passaic County Jail, possible probation, and a permanent criminal charge on his record. This criminal charge could be expunged off his record after 5 years in certain cases. In addition, because our client was not a United States citizen, this “crime of moral turpitude” could lead to serious immigration consequences such as denial of a green card or even deportation.

Our client had no prior criminal history and was charged with shoplifting from a store in Woodland Park. Based on the alleged amount of the shoplift (it was not a high amount), our client’s completely clean record, and the circumstances surrounding the alleged charge, our shoplifting defense lawyers were able to negotiate a plea arrangement with the Woodland Park Municipal Prosecutor whereby the criminal charge was amended to a local ordinance violation for creating a disturbance in the store. This is a violation of local law and is on the level of a littering ticket or leaving your garbage at the curb on the wrong day. This violation results in a fine and no criminal record.

This was a very important result for the client as he was able to preserve his clean record and potentially avoid any serious immigration consequences as well.

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With unmatched knowledge and experience in the practice of law, the seasoned attorneys at The Tormey Law Firm are committed to serving their clients and tenaciously confronting the allegations against them.

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Areas We Serve

Bergen County, Essex County, Morris County, Passaic County, Hudson County, Middlesex County, Somerset County including Morristown, Denville, Dover, Mount Olive, Parsippany, Hackensack, East Rutherford, Elmwood Park, Englewood, Fort Lee, Garfield, Lodi, Lyndhurst, Mahwah, Palisades Park, Paramus, Ridgefield Park, Saddle Brook, Teaneck, Clifton, and Wayne.


Hackensack Location

254 State Street

Hackensack, NJ 07601

  (201) 556-1570    Directions

Morristown Location

55 Madison Avenue Suite 400

Morristown, NJ 07960

  (908) 336-5008    Directions