As a former Municipal Court Judge presiding in Union Township from 1999-2005, I’ve seen my fair share of what these charges can lead to if not defended aggressively, which is something I now do as a criminal defense attorney for all my clients. Theft is intentionally taking the property of another person without permission or consent. Theft, however, is actually a broader term, encompassing many forms of unlawful taking, including
Burglary, also referred to as breaking and entering (B&E), is almost exclusively a property crime, and prosecuted in State Court. Charges related to burglary, and sometimes added to charges in addition to burglary, include:
In cases where the value of stolen items falls below a certain threshold, the crime is considered a disorderly person’s offense, and those charges are usually brought before a Municipal Court Judge, and may also be called petty larceny. Larger amounts constitute a grand theft offense, and penalties can be much more severe.
John Paragano: Union County Shoplifting, Trespassing and Receiving Stolen Property Lawyer
As a former Municipal Court Judge in Union Township, NJ from 1999-2005, I can assure you the onus is always on the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt your guilt if you are charged with a crime. You have certain Constitutional Rights, like the right to remain silent, the right that your arrest be based only upon probable cause, the right against unreasonable search and seizure, etc. The Law Offices of John Paragano will defend those rights and provide you with the best defense possible. For twenty-five years, I have successfully defended numerous charges that involved larceny, shoplifting and other property crimes in Municipal, County and State Courts. My Union law office has achieved countless acquittals, dismissals and downgrading of charges for hundreds of property crimes including theft. If you need an experienced and powerful defense attorney, call my office today.
During the initial free consultation, our law firm will take the time to learn all about you and the charges you face. Our attorneys will assess the strength of the evidence against you and advise you on all of the available options.
For twenty-five years my Union County law firm in Union, NJ has successfully defended numerous Property Crime charges achieving acquittals, dismissals and downgrading of charges for a variety of these crimes at the local, county and state level. If you need an experienced defense attorney to help you through these troubled waters, call my office today.
What Should you Do if You are Arrested for Theft, Burglary, or any other Theft Crimes?
If you are arrested for taking property that does not belong to you, do not try to “talk” your way out or justify what you are alleged to have stolen. Don’t go at it alone, even for what you might consider a bungled attempt at a crime, or a misunderstanding, which is often given as a common excuse. Don’t believe knowing someone in law enforcement will make the petty offense charge go away. Don’t say you would’ve put the “miss-taken” item back, further implicating yourself. The authorities love listening to these stories with a “sympathetic” ear, to hold it all against you in a court of law! Exercise your constitutional right to remain silent and get a criminal defense lawyer ASAP who handles theft charges. We can be at a disadvantage defending you if you have given any sort of confession. Do not be antagonistic or sarcastic while in custody, but be firm in your request to call a criminal defense lawyer, remaining silent and calm in the meantime.
Choose The Law Offices of John Paragano if You are Charged with a Property Crime
For the best criminal defense in all of Union County, Monmouth County and all of New Jersey, contact John Paragano at The Law Offices of John Paragano, for a free consultation. Telephone 908.687.5999 or click to send an email. All consultations and written correspondences will be kept strictly confidential.