Criminal Law/petty theft


I am from New Jersey. I was caught taking a $2.63 candy bar. The store security approached me outside and told me she saw me put the bar in my purse. Called me back into Shop Rite and told me to
cooperate and she would not call the police. I signed papers she gave me and then the police came read me my rights(she lied I guess) and I was told I will receive something in the mail in a few weeks. I was told I cannot go into (7) shop rites in that area. What I want to know is do I have a record for this??? if so how many years. And is there a fine I have to pay.

Thank you


The Reader's Digest version, yes you will have a record for shoplifting ('petit larceny'). You will no doubt receive a Criminal Summons in the mail and it will direct you to answer the summons either by appearing in court or paying a fine by mail - probably, the former.

You might check with an attorney in your area, but a charge such as this is a crime of "moral turpitude" and can have an adverse affect on pre-employment applications. On the bright side, in the state of New Jersey, you can request an Expungement of the charge after 5-years.

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