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Category Archives: Theft & Shoplifting


Penalties For Organized Theft In Bergen County

By Phillip J. Murphy |

One of the newest concepts in New Jersey criminal law is something called “organized theft.” Numerous states have introduced new legislation and new penalties for these crimes, but many defendants may have no idea what it all means. What exactly is organized theft – and when might you face penalties for these alleged crimes?… Read More »


Receiving Stolen Property In New Jersey: What If I Didn’t Know They Were Stolen?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Retail crime is surging across New Jersey, and this is leading to an increase in the trade of stolen goods. Many people inadvertently purchase these items, often using online platforms such as Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and eBay. What happens if you accidentally purchase stolen goods in New Jersey? Could you be charged with a… Read More »


Can I Return Stolen Items After Shoplifting Charges In New York?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Many shoplifters feel guilty about their offenses and wonder if they can return items. These regrets often occur only after defendants have been charged with theft in New York, however. Regardless, it is important to understand what the effect of such actions might be in Rockland County. Will your sentence be reduced if you… Read More »


New York’s “Crimes of Poverty”

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In just the first three months of 2017, the New York Police Department arrested more than 4,500 people for fare evasion and 90 percent of them were black or Hispanic. In 2016, young black men between the ages of 16 and 36 made up half of all fare evasion arrests even though they represent… Read More »


New York City Settles Infamous Kalief Browder Civil Rights & Wrongful Death Case

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In late January, New York City reached a $3.3. million settlement with the family of Kalief Browder, the young juvenile who spent three years detained at Rikers Island without even been tried or convicted after being accused the theft of a backpack at the age of 16, and who also spent most of that… Read More »


Therapists Arrested In New York For Billing Fraud Demonstrate Severity of These Charges

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On October 4, eight therapists were arrested in New York on federal billing fraud charges for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from developmentally disabled children by billing for services that were never provided between 2012 and 2018. According to reports from federal prosecutors, the fraud included forcing the names of parents or… Read More »

Driving Another’s Car Without Permission in New Jersey: What are the Consequences?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Earlier in August, 47 year old Eduardo Huaman of Bergen County was given permission by his boss to retrieve items from the company’s work van. After gaining access to the vehicle, he apparently drove away in it and Mr. Huaman’s former supervisor called the police to report the vehicle stolen. Shortly after the report… Read More »

Larceny vs. Burglary: Low-Value Theft Can Land You a Felony Charge

By Phillip J. Murphy |

As we discussed earlier this year, larceny is a term that applies to several different crimes. In general, larceny charges result when a person has in some way wrongfully taken or kept something that belonged to another person. Stealing something is considered larceny and the theft will be considered petit larceny, chargeable as a… Read More »

Nothing Grand About Larceny Charges

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Stealing something seems like a fairly straightforward act. Most people would likely consider this theft and leave it at that. However, the law is not quite as simple. The taking of someone else’s property can take the form of many different crimes under the law. When you are charged with a crime, the distinction… Read More »

Crimes that can Lead to a Larceny Charge

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Larceny is a general term that encompasses a variety of criminal acts. If you or someone you know has been charged with larceny, it is necessary to immediately inquire into the specific allegations raised. Some common offenses that may lead to a larceny charge include theft of property, writing bad checks, acquiring lost property,… Read More »

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