Shoplifting Defense for Immigrants

New Jersey Immigration Crimes Lawyer

If you are in the United States as a permanent resident or a visa holder, you should take extra care to abide by the law. Any criminal charges, even the seemingly minor offenses, can be enough to allow Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deport you from the country and prevent your return. One common crime that may be overlooked as triggering removal proceedings is shoplifting. Shoplifting, is a relatively minor crime, but can have a major impact on an immigrant's status.

History of Success Helping Those Accused of Shoplifting

As a New Jersey immigration attorney, I represented clients in both criminal and immigration matters. I have successfully represented a client charged with shoplifting, negotiating a downgrade of the charge to disorderly conduct, which has not affected my client's immigration status. My successful representation has led to my inclusion in the 2015 list of New Jersey Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, which means you can trust the Law Office of Simone Bertollini to fight hard to achieve your goals.

What Constitutes Shoplifting in NJ?

New Jersey law changes anyone with shoplifting who commits any of the following:

  • Taking possession of, carry away, transfer or cause to be carried away or transferred, any merchandise
  • Purposely concealing upon his person any merchandise offered for sale by any store or
  • Purposely altering, transferring or removing any label, price tag or marking indicia of value or any other markings which aid in determining value affixed to any merchandise

When anyone is caught shoplifting in New Jersey, atonement is never as simple as returning the item to the store or purchasing the product. Many store owners seek to prosecute those that have been caught shoplifting. Depending on the value of the items stolen and any previous criminal convictions, you may be facing community service, time in jail, and hefty fines.

How Does a Shoplifting Charge Affect Me?

Shoplifting is a crime of moral turpitude. The petty offense exception applies only when the immigrant has not previously committed any crimes, and when the amount of the stolen items was less than $200. For a non-citizen, shoplifting can result in deportation from the United States and a bar from ever returning to the country, in some instances.

As a highly-qualified immigration attorney in New Jersey, I can conduct an investigation into the details of your charges and fight to have them dismissed or downgraded. I understand how important it is to avoid to remain in the U.S. and I consistently work towards a favorable result.

Contact my office today if you are an immigrant and have been charged with shoplifting.

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