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Manalapan Township Shoplifting Lawyer

If you have been accused of shoplifting in Manalapan Township and the matter is either transferred to Monmouth County Superior Court or staying in Manalapan Municipal Court, it is extremely important that you consult with a Manalapan shoplifting lawyer with experience. Ms. Breslow has been representing those accused of shoplifting offenses for over two decades and she will personally handle your matter. She has been helping those people who have been charged with shoplifting-related offenses and regardless of where your matter is being heard (Superior or Municipal court), she is skilled with how to best navigate the judicial system. You will discuss your case and circumstances with her at your consultation.

Ms. Breslow’s office is located at 25 Monument Street in Freehold, NJ, which is across the street from the Monmouth County Superior Court. If you have been charged with shoplifting an amount greater than $200, the matter will be transferred to Monmouth County Superior Court initially. Ms. Breslow will help you whether your matter is being heard in the Superior and Municipal Courts.

There are many stores in Manalapan where people are arrested for shoplifting. Most often, it is at Target, Wegmans, Home Goods, or some other store in Manalapan. Most of the time, this is an individual's first run-in with the law, and it can be a very embarrassing experience. Also, the arrest could have an impact on their current and future employment. Ms. Breslow can help and make sure that this mistake does not ruin someone’s life.

It is important to know what degree of shoplifting you have been charged with under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11. If the amount taken was less than $200, it will be considered a disorderly persons offense, and the matter will be scheduled to be heard in Manalapan Township Municipal Court. The maximum fine for a disorderly persons offense is $1,000 and the maximum amount of jail is 6 months. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11, these are the degrees and punishments involved for felony shoplifting:

  • For second-degree shoplifting, the amount alleged to have been taken is more than $75,000 and the jail range for a second-degree is between five to ten years.
  • For third-degree shoplifting, the amount alleged to have been taken is between $500 and $75,000, and the jail time is between three to five years.
  • For a fourth-degree offense, the amount taken is between
  • $200 to $500 and the maximum amount of jail is eighteen months in State Prison.
Manalapan Judge, Location and Schedule

Manalapan Township Municipal Court is located at 120 County Road 522, Manalapan Township, NJ. The Honorable James M. Newman, J.M.C. and the Honorable Nicole Sonnenblick, J.M.C. are the judges assigned to the court. Their staff is ready to help you and their number is (732) 446-6656. The Deputy Court Administrators are Jaclyn Koharski and Joey Slavicek. Court sessions are every Monday and they are mostly held on a Zoom platform. If you are scheduled to appear in person it is recommended to arrive early. However, if your matter is held on Zoom the staff will email you a link before your court date. The court ID for Manaplan is 1328 and the link to pay fines is www.njmcdirect.com, but we recommend calling an attorney before paying any ticket.

Regardless if you are charged with a felony or disorderly persons shoplifting, Ms. Breslow is ready to help. She will make sure that the best possible defenses and mitigation package is presented. She is the one who handles all the matters in her office. Her office number is 732-784-2880.

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