Princeton University Theft Offenses

Theft offenses

Princeton University is required by federal law to compile an annual report that discloses the criminal offenses and arrests at the school each year and the table above was taken from the most recent filing. The numbers in the columns represent the number of burglaries and motor vehicle thefts on campus, at residential facilities, at non-campus buildings, on public property and a total. There were a total of 25 burglaries during 2015 with 10 occurring at residence facilities. There were 9 motor vehicle thefts that also occurred on campus in 2015. All of these offenses and arrests resulted in felony indictable crimes of the fourth or third degree.

If you had a lapse in judgement that has resulted in your being charged with some form of theft at Princeton University, do not make the mistake of attempting to deal with the offense without a skilled attorney. A lawyer who is experienced in defending burglary, shoplifting, credit card theft and fraud and other theft charges is going to insure that you maximize your chances of escaping a criminal record, maintaining your status at Princeton University and keeping your bright future intact. The lawyers at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall possess exactly what you need in this regard with over a century of experience to put into action on your behalf, including years serving as prosecutors. To speak to one of our attorneys immediately, contact our Princeton Office at 609–683–8102.

When Is The Offense of Burglary Committed at Princeton University?

The offense of burglary is set forth at N.J.S.A. 2c:18-2 of the New Jersey Criminal Code. This charge is committed when someone enters a structure without a license in order to commit a theft or other offense. This violation results in a third degree crime, a felony, that carries up to 5 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine. Rarely does a burglary case at Princeton University escalate to a second degree crime given that a weapon or threat to inflict bodily harm is required for this to occur.

What Constitutes Shoplifting at the Book Store or Another Retail Establishment?

Shoplifting is a common offense on campus, as well as in Princeton proper. The largest number of cases in the area involve, however, shoplifting charges in Lawrence Township where Quaker Bridge Mall is located. This is the primary source of shoplifting arrests of Princeton University students rather than on campus. If you were arrested and charged with shoplifting under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11, the prosecutor will have to demonstrate that you engaged in one of the following activities with the intention of depriving the merchant of his/her merchandise: (1) took possession, carried away or transferred the merchandise; (2) concealed the merchandise; (3) swapped price tags of the merchandise; (4) put the merchandise in a different package, box or container to disguise its identity or value; (5) you were employed by the merchant and were under-ringing merchandise; or (6) removed shopping carts from the property of the merchant. If the value of the property stolen was less than $200, the related shoplifting case is referred to Princeton Municipal Court for resolution. If you shoplift merchandise with a value of $200 or more, a felony shoplifting offense arises that must be referred to the Mercer County Superior Court.

Princeton University Theft Offense Defense Lawyer

There are clearly a wide range of theft offenses an individual can become involved in at Princeton University. Each and every one of them involves some eliminate of stealing, including credit card fraud and theft, so it is not in your best interests to sustain a record of conviction. Employers, licensing agencies and graduate schools look unfavorably on such a circumstance. This is how the attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can assist you. We have a proven track record of success in avoiding guilty findings in fraud and theft cases we defend in Mercer County, including in Princeton New Jersey. If you would like to speak to a defense lawyer in a free consultation immediately, contact us. An attorney is available 24/7 to help you.