Charles Block Works to Reduce the Growing Shoplifting Epidemic

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

There are approximately 27 million people convicted of shoplifting in the world today, and then span a wide range of ages, gender and other demographics. In fact, 25 percent of shoplifters today are children and many older shoplifters have admitted they started shoplifting when they were younger. That is why there are dedicated criminal attorneys, like me, who work to avoid these statistics from growing.

If you are convicted of shoplifting, you can incur up to $1,000 in fines, almost $200 in court costs, a minimum of ten days of community services and up to 6 months in jail. What many shoplifters don’t know is that if you are a repeat offender, you will be facing a mandatory minimum 90 days in jail.

Why Shoplifting is So Prevalent

The problem with shoplifting is that you do not always get caught, which makes you want to continue shoplifting. There is a sort of excitement that comes from stealing and getting away with it, so you continue to shoplift in riskier ways until you eventually get caught.  Chasing this high will keep you from stopping, just like a drug addict feels when they are chasing their elusive highs.

Shoplifters need rehabilitation and not incarceration. In jail, they would not be getting the help they so desperately need. Attorneys like me will work hard to make sure your first-time mistakes do not repeat themselves and end up with you serving hard jail time.

Your Civil Rights in New Jersey

In the State of New Jersey, individuals accused of shoplifting are protected by certain civil rights. In some states a store employee has the right to search a suspected shoplifter, but in New Jersey, store employees do not have the right to perform unwarranted searches. Also, the police can only arrest an individual suspected of shoplifting if they have probable cause.

I will make sure my clients’ rights are not violated and do my best to insure that their charges are significantly reduced or dropped. I have been working in criminal law for over 32 years and have gained experience in working with clients accused of all types criminal offenses, including shoplifting.

Why You Should Act Now

Shoplifting occurs daily and continues to grow amongst children and adults. Shoplifting does not discriminate when it comes to age, race or gender and needs to be addressed head on before the epidemic grows even bigger. That is why I inform my clients that their mistakes are not their undoing and their lives can improve dramatically if the right steps are taken.

Don’t wait to accumulate more offenses and end up incarcerated.  By making sure you contact a criminal attorney immediately, you significantly improve your chances of a reduced sentence and another chance at a fulfilled life.

How to Contact Me

I, Charles Block, will work with my clients to reduce or expunge their criminal charges. I not only deal with criminal charges, but I am one of the most experienced traffic attorneys in New Jersey. Whatever mistake you made, I will work with you and the judicial system to clean it up.

For more information on my law firm and my services, including my work with clients who are facing shoplifting charges and DWI and DUI charges in the New Jersey area, continue to browse my website. To receive a consultation, call me at 856-741-1495.

3 Tips to Remember When Getting Your Record Expunged

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Life is difficult, and sometimes you make mistakes that hurt others and yourself. Your life does not have to be over just because you made a mistake. Re-evaluating your situation can help you gain perspective on how you want the rest of your life to turn out. You might find that the first step in improving your life would be to find a qualified expungement lawyer to remove those mistakes from your public record.

At Charles Block, we work with clients in New Jersey on their expungements. An expungement is essentially wiping the criminal charges off your record, so that they do not affect things like your future employment opportunities, buying a home or getting a loan. Having a clean slate will allow you to stop focusing on the past and start focusing on your bright future.

Are you interested in getting your criminal record expunged, but you do not know how to prove to the judicial system that you are no longer a criminal? Here are three tips to remember before you file for expungement

Tip # 1 – Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me: Show that you are not a career criminal

You want to show the judicial system that you are not going to continue a life of crime. Having a job, going to school and volunteering all show the judicial system that you are not a career criminal. You want to show them that you made mistakes, but that you are truly remorseful. This is the first step on your road to recovery and renewment.

Tip # 2 – Finish all of the terms of your sentence

In many states, your record will not be expunged unless you show the judicial system that you have completed all the terms of your sentence. This could include fines, probation, fees, community service and restitution. Completing all the terms of your sentence shows the judicial system that you are responsible, remorseful and dedicated to moving on with your life.

Tip # 3 – Get a full and accurate background check

Having all of the correct information about you on record is important to see before filing for an expungement. In order to obtain an expungement, you will need to provide the judicial system with a case number, dates and additional information on your background check.

To obtain this information, you can contact the local courthouse where your charges took place, reach out to other state agencies or visit the FBI website. Another way is to have your expungement lawyer, like Charles Block, obtain all the information on your behalf.

If you reside in New Jersey and your criminal offense involves drug charges, a conditional discharge may be available to you. A conditional discharge is a diversionary treatment program for drug offenders. You would attend this treatment program instead of facing a jail sentence.

For more information about the top expungement attorney in Haddonfield, NJ, as well as other parts of New Jersey, browse our website. You can also call 856-741-1495 for a consultation.