Crimes of Moral Turpitude – What are crimes of moral turpitude – Is Shoplifting a crime of moral turpitude

“Crimes of Moral Turpitude and theft related crimes have implications beyond the legal system, often threatening jobs, credibility, and even immigration status.”

crimes of moral turpitudeThe following page consists of crimes similar to theft (any form of taking something that doesn’t belong to you), and crimes of moral turpitude. A “crime of moral turpitude” is not a cut and dry concept. It refers to an act in which a clear lack of morality exists. For example, it’s almost always “wrong” to steal something that doesn’t belong to you. This clearly draws into question the morals of the person accused of such a crime.

While not necessarily punished severely in a court of law, your “morality” might be put into question in other circumstances.  For example, you will not be permitted to practice law if convicted of a crime of moral turpitude; you also won’t be able to be a teacher.  If convicted of such a crime, your testimony in court can be disregarded due to your “lack of morality”.  If you are an immigrant in the United States, you might be deported. Scroll down to find more information on your charge, or read our Top 5 Ways To Beat A Criminal Charge.

We have classified the following crimes to fall onto this page:

Burglary Charges – N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2 – Burglary refers to entering a structure (typically a home or car) with the intention to commit a crime therein (not necessarily a theft).

Carjacking Charges N.J.S.A. 2C:15-2 – Carjacking charges apply to those who take a car with the owner present, constituting a violent/threat crime, as well as a theft crime in NJ. With first degree penalties, this charge is very serious.

Fraud Charges – Fraud usually involves some form of deception for monetary gain.

Robbery Charges – N.J.S.A 2C:15-1 – Robbery implies some element of threat or force used to commit a theft.

Shoplifting Charges – N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11 – Shoplifting typically refers to stealing from a retail establishment.

Theft Charges – N.J.S.A 2C:20-11 – Theft can arise in a number of situations in which you take something that doesn’t belong to you.

Theft by Deception Charges – N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4 – Theft by deception occurs when you obtain the property of another by creating or reinforcing a false impression.

Receiving Stolen Property Charges – N.J.S.A. 2C:20-7 – Receiving Stolen Property offenses involve two critical aspects: receiving and presumption of knowledge.

Credit Card Theft Charges: N.J.S.A. 2C:21-6c – Even possessing a stolen credit card in New Jersey can result in Credit Card Theft charges against you.

Credit Card Fraud Charges: N.J.S.A. 2C:21-6h – Allegations for Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card typically arise when you are accused of making a purchase or obtaining services with a credit card that is invalid in some way or not legally yours.

Check Fraud Charges: N.J.S.A. 2C:21-5 – Charges for Check Fraud or “Issuing Bad Checks” typically arise when a person is accused of issuing a check or money order with the knowledge that said amount will not be provided to the individual who attempts to redeem these funds.

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