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
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.