Theft Crimes

Theft Charges Defense Lawyer

Did a sudden whim – a decision to steal a shirt in a store, or a joy ride in someone else’s car – end with an arrest and a theft charge against you? Have you habitually stolen and been simply lucky until now? Are you supporting a drug habit through theft? Are the charges against you based on a misunderstanding?

No matter what your situation, if you have been charged with shoplifting or some other theft or property crime, you need the assistance of a criminal defense attorney who will represent you in court. For a free initial consultation, contact The Law Office of Gwendolyn O. Austin in Newark, New Jersey. I look forward to hearing from you.

Shoplifting and Other Theft Crimes

Many of the theft and property crime cases I have defended are minor offenses handled in municipal court. Where possible, I try to have the charge resolved as a violation of a township ordinance that reduces the negative impact of the offense. In cases where the theft or property crime is an indictable offense, I have often been able to negotiate a probationary sentence with restitution – thereby enabling my client to avoid jail time.  I have successfully handled for clients include theft matters such as shoplifting, receiving stolen property, auto theft, joy riding, bad checks and more.

Making Restitution

Probably, the best way to minimize a criminal conviction for a theft charge is to work with an attorney to create a restitution plan. Under this plan, if you have written a bad check, you would make good on the check, including any interest that would have accrued. In some cases, if stolen property is returned undamaged, or money repaid, a complaining party may agree to dismiss the charges.

Some theft crimes are repeat offenses and are related to drug use – a person steals or shoplifts in order to support a drug habit. I have provided legal support to people who wish to make a fresh start by voluntarily entering a drug rehabilitation program as a part of their sentencing.

Your options depend on your situation. The best way to know how to proceed after being charged with a theft crime is to contact an attorney. I am happy to meet with you and discuss your particular situation.

I look forward to assisting you. If you would like to schedule a free and confidential consultation with me to discuss your shoplifting or other theft or burglary charge, please contact me today. Call (973) 735-2706.