Toms River Criminal Lawyer

Toms River Criminal Lawyer

Toms River Criminal LawyerToms River, New Jersey has the fourth largest public school district in the state, behind only Newark, Paterson and Jersey City districts. It is the largest suburban district in New Jersey with more than 17,000 students and eighteen school facilities. In addition to these, there are multiple private schools in the town.  With eighteen district-owned buildings, there are a lot of school zones throughout Toms River. This is important

to note because certain crimes, such as speeding, driving while intoxicated and distributing drugs are subject to harsher penalties if they are committed in a school zone.  For more information on school zone violations, see our content on the school zone DWI offense and contact a Toms River criminal lawyer for help with your charge.
A school zone is defined at any area within 1,000 feet of school property. School property includes all school buildings, playgrounds, sports fields and school buses. Whether or not anyone was in a school zone during a criminal act is not an acceptable defense against any of these charges in New Jersey. If a defendant is found guilty of committing one of the previously mentioned crimes within 1,000 feet of school property, he or she may face more jail time, a higher fine, or a higher-graded charge for the crime than if he or she had committed it outside a school zone.

Shoplifting in Toms River

In Toms River, there are a lot of opportunities to shoplift. In addition to the many smaller retailers in town, Toms River is home to big stores such as Walmart, Target, Lowe’s, Kohl’s, and the Ocean County Mall.

Shoplifting is a criminal offense in New Jersey. It is the act of stealing merchandise from a store and it can be charged as either a disorderly persons offense or an indictable offense, depending on the circumstances of the act. New Jersey statute N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11 defines shoplifting and its penalties.

Shoplifting is more than just taking an item off the shelf and walking out of the store with it. Altering an item to make it look used, worn or damaged in an effort to take it without paying or buy it as a reduced price is also shoplifting. So is under ringing, which is when a cashier intentionally undercharges a customer as a favor or as part of a larger scheme to re-sell the items for a profit.

Trespassing in Toms River

Trespassing is another crime that occurs in Toms River, New Jersey. N.J.S.A. 2C:18-3 states that trespassing is any act of entering or surreptitiously remaining in a structure or portion of a structure that one has not been granted access to enter or permission to remain inside beyond a posted or previously agreed upon time. If there is evidence of a property owner’s desire that his or her property be left alone, such as a “no trespassing” sign, verbal communication about keeping out of the structure or a fence or other barrier in a position to discourage people from entering the structure or portion, any person found trespassing may be considered a defiant trespasser. This can be charged as a disorderly persons offense. Trespassing into a school, research laboratory, or other unauthorized structure is considered an indictable offense. Additionally, peering through a structure’s window in a manner that violated its owner’s privacy can also be charged as a criminal trespassing offense. This may be charged as a fourth degree crime.

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Contact a Toms River Criminal Lawyer Today About Your Charge

If you’ve been accused of a crime in Toms River, call Villani & DeLuca at (732) 965-3350 for your free legal consultation. Once you’ve discussed your charge and its details, one of our criminal attorneys can help you begin building your defense. Don’t wait – working with an experienced lawyer can be the difference between winning and losing your case. Villani & DeLuca lawyers have proudly served Toms River residents since 1996.  Call today for help!