Shoplifting Defense for Immigrants

How a New Jersey Immigration Crimes Lawyer Can Help

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 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 could result in removal proceedings is shoplifting. Shoplifting, is a relatively minor crime, but can have a major impact on an immigrant's status.

Accused of Shoplifting? Take These Steps Next.

As a New Jersey immigration attorney, I have 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, and successfully protecting my client's immigration status. I have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 list of New Jersey Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, which means you can trust the Law Offices of Simone Bertollini to fight hard to achieve your goals.

What Constitutes Shoplifting in NJ?

In New Jersey, you can be charged with shoplifting for any of the following:

  • Taking possession of, carrying away, transferring or causing to be carried away or transferred, any merchandise
  • Purposely concealing upon his person any merchandise offered for sale by any store
  • 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 caught shoplifting. Depending on the value of the items stolen and any previous criminal convictions, you may be facing community service, jail time, 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 item was less than $200. For a non-citizen, shoplifting can result in deportation from the United States. In some instances, you could be banned from ever returning to the country.

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 for you 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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