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Morris County NJ Theft by Deception Lawyers

Criminal Defense Attorneys with Offices in Morristown, New Jersey

Theft by Deception: N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4
Theft by Deception Lawyer – 2C:20-4

Theft by deception is a serious crime in New Jersey. Theft by deception typically occurs when a person uses trickery or fraud to obtain goods or services. Since prosecutors often interpret the theft statute very broadly, you could be charged with theft by deception in a variety of circumstances, exposing you to possible prison time, fines, and a permanent criminal record.

The Tormey Law Firm is an experienced group of criminal defense lawyers who have extensive experience representing clients charged with theft and fraud offenses, including theft by deception, forgery, credit card fraud, and prescription fraud throughout New Jersey, including in Dover, Mount Olive, Parsippany, Denville, and Morristown. Our managing partner, Travis J. Tormey, was featured in the Daily Record in Morris County regarding several shoplifting cases he handled. One of our other partners, Alissa D. Hascup, is a former Morris County Assistant Prosecutor, former Special Deputy Attorney General, and current Municipal Prosecutor.

If you or a loved one has been charged with theft by deception in New Jersey, do not hesitate to call the Tormey Law Firm anytime at 866-949-6948 for a free consultation about your case.

Theft by Deception in New Jersey

In New Jersey, N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4 governs theft by deception charges and provides, in pertinent part:

A person is guilty of theft if he purposely obtains property of another by deception. A person deceives if he purposely:

a. Creates or reinforces a false impression, including false impressions as to law, value, intention or other state of mind, and including, but not limited to, a false impression that the person is soliciting or collecting funds for a charitable purpose; but deception as to a person’s intention to perform a promise shall not be inferred from the fact alone that he did not subsequently perform the promise;

b. Prevents another from acquiring information which would affect his judgment of a transaction; or

c. Fails to correct a false impression which the deceiver previously created or reinforced, or which the deceiver knows to be influencing another to whom he stands in a fiduciary or confidential relationship.

Grading of Theft by Deception Charges in New Jersey

A person is guilty of theft by deception if he or she obtains the property of another person through purposeful deception.

The penalties for theft by deception in New Jersey vary, depending on the value of the property and/or pecuniary gain by the defendant:

  • Second Degree: $75,000 or more; punishable by five (5) to 10 years in NJ State Prison.
  • Third Degree: Amount between $500 and $75,000; punishable by three (3) to five (5) years in state prison.
  • Fourth Degree: Amount between $200 and $500; punishable by up to 18 months in state prison.
  • Disorderly Persons Offense: Amount less than $200; punishable by up to six (6) months in the county jail.

Contact a Mount Olive NJ Theft by Deception Lawyer for Immediate Assistance

Due to the fact that this crime carries with it serious consequences, it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to combat your theft charges. The skilled theft defense lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm have helped countless clients beat their theft charges in NJ courtrooms. Additionally, since our criminal defense team includes an active municipal prosecutor, we know how the other side thinks in these cases.

We are always prepared to fight each and every element of a theft by deception charge. For instance, we may be able to prove that you did not intend to deceive the alleged victim in your case, which could allow us to get the charges against you downgraded or dismissed entirely. If you or a loved one has been charged with theft by deception or another theft offense in Morris County, NJ, contact the Tormey Law Firm anytime at 866-949-6948 for a no-cost consultation.

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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.

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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.