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Morris County NJ Receiving Stolen Property Lawyers

Theft Defense Attorneys with Offices in Morristown, New Jersey

The Tormey Law Firm
Receiving Stolen Property Lawyer 2C:20-7a

It is against the law to be in possession of stolen property in New Jersey. A person cannot knowingly take possession of stolen property in New Jersey. Without proper legal representation, you or your loved one could be facing severe consequences, including prison time, fines, and a permanent criminal record. Since a conviction for second degree receiving stolen property could result in a sentence of 10 years in NJ State Prison, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced theft crime defense attorney.

The Tormey Law Firm is a skilled and knowledgeable group of criminal defense lawyers who have extensive experience representing clients charged with theft and fraud offenses, including receiving stolen property, burglary, and shoplifting throughout New Jersey, including in Morris Township, Madison, Dover, Mount Olive, Denville, and Morristown. Our managing partner, Travis J. Tormey, was featured in the Daily Record in Morris County regarding several shoplifting cases he handled and the immigration consequences and penalties involved. One of our other partners, Alissa D. Hascup, is a former Morris County Assistant Prosecutor, former Special Deputy Attorney General, and current Municipal Prosecutor. Our criminal defense attorneys have successfully handled thousands of cases in New Jersey, in Superior Court (indictable/felony level offenses) and Municipal Court (disorderly persons/misdemeanor level offenses).

Here at the Tormey Law Firm, we care about our clients. We also understand the stress and fear that a person charged with a theft crime experiences. If you or a loved one has been charged with a theft crime in New Jersey, contact the Tormey Law Firm anytime at 866-949-6948 for a free consultation.

Receiving Stolen Property in New Jersey

N.J.S.A. 2C:20-7a sets forth:

a. Receiving. A person is guilty of theft if he knowingly receives or brings into this State movable property of another knowing that it has been stolen, or believing that it is probably stolen. It is an affirmative defense that the property was received with purpose to restore it to the owner. “Receiving” means acquiring possession, control or title, or lending on the security of property.

b. Presumption of knowledge. The requisite knowledge or belief is presumed in the case of a person who:

(1) Is found in possession or control of two or more items of property stolen on two or more separate occasions; or

(2) Has received stolen property in another transaction within the year preceding the transaction charged; or

(3) Being a person in the business of buying or selling property of the sort received, acquires the property without having ascertained by reasonable inquiry that the person from whom he obtained it had a legal right to possess and dispose of it; or

(4) Is found in possession of two or more defaced access devices.

New Jersey Theft Crime Penalties

Receiving stolen property charges are graded based on the dollar value of the property which was allegedly stolen. These charges can be indictable in nature, meaning that they must be handled at the Superior Court in the county in which the alleged offense occurred. On the other hand, they can also be municipal criminal charges known as disorderly persons offenses, which will be handled in the local municipal court.


Amount involved

2nd Degree Theft: five (5) to 10 years in NJ State Prison)
  • The amount involved is $75,000 or more;
  • The property is taken by extortion; or
  • The property stolen is a controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”) and the quantity is in excess of one kilogram.
3rd Degree Theft: three (3) to five (5) years in NJ State Prison
  • Between $500 and $75,000;
  • Property stolen is a firearm, motor vehicle, boat, domestic companion animal, vessel, boat, or airplane;
  • The property is stolen from the person of the victim.
4th Degree Theft: 18 months in NJ State Prison
  • Between $200 and $500
Disorderly Persons Theft: 6 months in county jail
  • Less than $200

Contact a Netcong NJ Receiving Stolen Property Lawyer Today 

Due to the fact that theft crime convictions have severe consequences, it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to combat these serious charges. The skilled lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm have developed advanced defense strategies that we use to help clients beats their receiving stolen property charges. For example, if you had no way of knowing that the property was in fact stolen, then we may be able to get the charges against you dismissed. Beyond that, we may be able to help you avoid conviction if you took possession of the property for the express purpose of restoring it to its rightful owner.

Our theft crime defense attorneys know how to win these cases. If you or a loved one has been charged with receiving stolen property or another theft offense in Denville, Dover, Parsippany, Mount Olive, or Morristown, contact the Tormey Law Firm anytime at 866-949-6948 for a free consultation.

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Experience You Can Trust

With unmatched knowledge and experience in the practice of law, the seasoned attorneys at The Tormey Law Firm are committed to serving their clients and tenaciously confronting the allegations against them.

We will examine every facet of your case in order to defend your constitutional rights and reputation.  

With a dedicated legal advocate to assist you, our attorneys will ensure that you are never forced to navigate the complex legal process on your own.

The Tormey Law Firm

Morristown Location

55 Madison Avenue, Suite 400

Morristown, NJ 07960

Areas We Serve

All of Morris County including Boonton, Boonton Township, Butler, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Chester Borough, Chester Township, Denville Township, Dover, East Hanover Township, Florham Park, Hanover Township, Harding Township, Jefferson Township, Kinnelon, Lincoln Park, Long Hill Township, Madison, Mendham Borough, Mendham Township, Mine Hill Township, Mont Arlington, Montville, Morris Plains, Morris Township, Morristown, Mount Olive Township, Mountain Lakes, Netcong, Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, Pequannock Township, Randolph, Riverdale, Rockaway Borough, Rockaway Township, Roxbury Township, Victory Gardens, Washington Township, and Wharton.