Jersey City NJ Theft Lawyer
At Proetta & Oliver, our Hudson County defense firm represents clients charged with various crimes involving fraud and theft. A conviction for stealing property or committing fraud can expose you to significant penalties which includes prison time, probation, community service and thousands in fines and restitution. Moreover, fraud and theft crimes are considered “crimes involving moral turpitude” which means a conviction can significantly impact your job opportunities and have severe adverse consequences on your immigration status, including deportation, if you are not a U.S. Citizen. Our law firm can help you avoid incarceration and even a criminal conviction in many cases. We are commonly able to work with the prosecutor to negotiate an alternative resolution to avoid a conviction, including securing our client’s admittance into Pre-Trial Intervention. We defend clients against a wide range of Superior Court and Municipal Court charges, including the following:
- Credit Card Fraud
- Theft by Deception
- Theft of Movable Property
- Theft of Services
- Prescription Fraud
- Receiving Stolen Property
- Bad Checks
- Insurance Fraud
- Theft by Extortion
- Auto Theft
- Identity Theft
If you have been accused of any of the fraud or theft offenses listed above, it is important that you contact a criminal defense attorney with experience in defending financial and property crimes as soon as possible. Founding attorney, William A. Proetta, Esq., has handled well over 1,000 Superior Court and Municipal Court cases including frequent theft and fraud charges. Our firm will work analyze the elements of the state’s case against you and make it our priority to keep you well-informed throughout the process so you can be involved in all the decision making regarding the defense options.
Our Criminal Defense Firm Handles All Types of Theft and Fraud Crimes
Our attorneys handle a wide array of theft and fraud charges, as New Jersey breaks these down into many different unique violations of criminal law. For one, New Jersey laws break down theft by type. Theft by computers, criminal activity, deception, extortion, or embezzlement use instrumentalities or positions to commit the crime. Other types include auto theft, theft of movable or immovable property, fencing, and shoplifting. Fencing is buying and selling stolen goods. Receiving stolen goods is also a crime, as is keeping property others lost, when you know the property belongs to another. Then, there are types of theft based on what is stolen, such as stealing scrap metal or someone’s means of transportation other than a car, like a horse or bicycle. Extra penalties come with being a shoplifting or auto theft ringleader and for using juveniles to steal cars, the latter which is a second degree crime.
In addition, a lot of theft charges are accompanied by additional criminal charges. This matters because not only will the prosecutor in your theft case gain leverage if there are multiple charges against you, but you could also face significantly more prison time if you are convicted on more than one criminal charge. Of course, the total number of charges against you will depend on the circumstances of your case. For example, if you are accused of breaking into a home and stealing property, you could face both a charge for burglary for the break-in and a charge of theft of movable property for the unlawful taking of property once inside the residence. Or if you are accused of forging someone’s credit card and then using it to make purchases, you could be charged with credit card fraud, forgery, and theft by deception.
While most theft charges are non-violent offenses, some theft offenses can be considered violent crimes when they involve other acts. For example, an auto theft that results in the victim suffering bodily injury can bring criminal charges for carjacking and carry penalties that include a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. Similarly, a more standard theft in which the offender used force, threatened the victim, or used a firearm or other weapon can result in enhanced charges for robbery, as well as charges for aggravated assault, terroristic threats, and/or possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Basically, if a theft offense was violent or threatening in any way, it is more likely that the accused will be charged with multiple crimes and be subject to even more severe penalties.
With the variability among theft crimes and cases involving stealing or fraudulent criminal activity, it is best to have a defense lawyer on your side who understands the unique components of different types of theft case and ways to defend against these charges. Our highly skilled attorneys possess a uniquely solid handle on theft and fraud crimes and defense that only comes from years of dedicated practice. We are prepared to put this to work on your behalf.
Jersey City Credit Card Fraud Attorney · (201) 793-8018
At Proetta & Oliver we have extensive experience regarding theft and fraud crimes and know how the court system works. Call us today at (201) 793-8018 to speak with an experienced theft lawyer for a free initial consultation about the facts and circumstances of your case. We are available 24/7.