Information About Charges of Theft By Deception
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 property of another by deception.” Unfortunately, angry consumers sometimes file complaints that can lead to criminal charges against innocent people, including contractors, over disputes that should really be a civil matter.
N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4. covers a wide variety of situations including those involving a failure of home improvement contractors to perform work after receiving payment. If you are convicted on charges of Theft by Deception you could be sentenced prison or jail depending on the value of the property allegedly stolen. (See Criminal Penalties For A Conviction On Charges Of Theft By Deception.)
Our Criminal Defense Attorneys Will Explore all of Your Options Including Alternatives to Jail
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 Theft case, our lawyers have the training, and experience to attack the prosecutors lack of proof and exploit any mistakes that the police may have made in gathering evidence.
(You can read more about unfair charges against business owners in “Theft By Deception in New Jersey – Home Improvement Contractors Unfairly Treated?”)
At Clark, 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.
If you have been charged with Theft by Deception in New Jersey or any theft related offense in New Jersey call our office immediately at 732-303-7857 for a free consultation. At Clark, 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.