Theft by Unlawful Taking in New Jersey

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Theft by Unlawful Taking in New Jersey

If you take property that does not belong to you and intend to keep it without the owner’s permission, you may be charged with theft by unlawful taking.

New Jersey takes Theft crimes very seriously.
If you are charged with theft by unlawful taking, you need a criminal defense attorney who regularly handles these matters.

The law is complex, and the facts of your case may be complicated. You may have defense that will get your case dismissed. As knowledgeable, aggressive, and experienced criminal defense attorneys, we can help you.

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Theft by unlawful taking (NJSA 2C:20-3)

If you unlawfully take, or exercise control over someone’s property, intending to keep it, you may be charged with theft by unlawful taking.

For example, if you go into a hardware store, take a drill off the shelf and leave without paying for it, you will be charged with theft by unlawful taking.

Penalties of Theft by Unlawful Taking

In New Jersey, crimes of theft are usually graded depending on the value of the property stolen.
Click to learn more about how Crimes Are Graded in New Jersey.

If the value of the property is not a lot, then the theft may be treated as a Disorderly Persons Offense (misdemeanor).

But the higher the value of the property you stole, the worse it gets for you.

Many Theft cases involve employee/employer relationships. An employee who is doing a lot of work and getting underpaid sometimes takes things into his own hands. (like the boss’ money) This is called Criminal Conversion or Embezzlement and is considered a White-Collar Crime.

A conviction for unlawful taking may result in fines, court costs, restitution, probation, and/or jail time depending on the circumstances.

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