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Theft by Deception in New Jersey

Author Clark & Noonan, LLC
Posted June 3, 2017
Category Theft and Property Crimes

Wall New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorneys serving Monmouth County, Ocean County, Middlesex County and all surrounding NJ areas.

In New Jersey, a person can be charged with theft by deception if they “purposely obtain the property of another by deception”. N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4. The law covers a wide variety of situations including those involving a failure of home improvement contractors to perform work after receiving payment.

A person convicted of Theft by Deception may be exposed to a prison or jail sentence depending on the value of the property allegedly stolen. Discuss your case for free by calling Clark & Noonan, LLC at 732-333-3011 today.

We Will Explore all of Your Options, Including Alternatives to Jail

  • At Clark & Noonan, LLC, our attorneys have a combined 30 years of criminal trial experience. As former Prosecutors and now criminal defense attorneys, our lawyers have handled thousands of theft by deception and theft-related cases.
  • Founding partner Charles Clark has been Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney. There are over 70,000 licensed lawyers in the State of New Jersey but there are only 258 that have met the rigorous requirements set up by the New Jersey Supreme Court to become certified criminal trial attorneys.
  • At Clark & Noonan, LLC, we have been extremely successful in winning theft by deception cases at trial, obtaining probationary terms rather than jail sentences for our clients, or convincing the Prosecutor’s Office to dismiss the charges where appropriate.
  • In some cases, we are able to get the theft by deception charges downgraded to a lesser charge as part of the plea negotiations. We will also explore the possibility of entry into a Pre-trial Intervention Program (PTI) where appropriate. PTI is a diversionary program that allows you to put your case on hold for a short period of time. Completion of PTI (usually a 1-year program) results in a dismissal of your charges at the end of the PTI term.

We have seen far too many cases where a person has been charged with theft by deception despite never having intended to steal anything. “Intent to deceive” is an element of the crime that the Prosecutor is obligated to prove. When we take a New Jersey theft by deception or other theft cases, our lawyers have the training, and experience to uncover the prosecutor’s lack of proof and exploit any mistakes that the police may have made in gathering evidence.

We offer a free consultation in which you can openly discuss the specifics of your theft by deception or theft-related charges, explore potential mistakes in the police investigation, and available defenses for whatever New Jersey theft by deception or Theft related allegation you are facing. Call 732-333-3011  to talk with an attorney today.