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New Jersey Shoplifting Penalties & Level of Offense

The level of offense for shoplifting is determined by the value of items taken:

Disorderly Persons Offense: Under $200

Fourth Degree Crime: $200 to $500

Third Degree Crime: $500 to $75,000

Second Degree Crime: $75,000 and over

It's also important to understand that the value is determined by full retail value of the item. So if a TV normally costs $600, but it's on sale on Black Friday for $150 and is shoplifted, the level of crime is third degree, because it's the actual cost, not the sale price that is used to determine the level of offense.

If you are convicted of shoplifting, you can face all of those penalties associated with that level of offense which normally exist, including potential jail time, fines, assessments, court costs, and restitution. You will also face the following additional penalties:

Community Service - 10 days for a first offense, 15 days for a second offense, and 25 days for a third (or greater) offense

For a third or greater offense, you face a mandatory 90 days in jail.

You can also be made to pay a $150 shoplifting surcharge. This is an amount in addition to restitution that goes directly to the store to assist in the other financial losses associated with apprehending and prosecuting shoplifters.

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