Movable property. A person is guilty of theft if he unlawfully takes, or exercises unlawful control over, movable property of another with purpose to deprive him thereof.
Theft of movable property under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3(a) occurs when an individual “unlawfully takes” or “exercises unlawful control” over the property of another. The accused must have knowingly taken or unlawfully exercised control over or dispose of the property of another. In addition, the accused purpose at the time of the taking must have been to “deprive” the true owner of the property. “Deprive”, according to the law, includes both permanent takings and temporary situations.
The grading of the offense is determined by the value of property or money involved in the crime: (a) it is a second degree offense if the theft involved a value of $75,000 or more; (b) it is a third degree offense if the value involved is between $500 and $75,000; and (c) it is a fourth degree offense if the value involved is between $200 and $500.
The sentencing for a crime is determined by the degree of the offense committed: (a) if it is a second degree offense then you will be facing a sentence of 5 to 10 years in prison; (b) if it is a third degree offense then you will be facing a sentence of up to 5 years in prison; and (3) if it is a fourth degree offense then you will be facing a sentence of up to 18 months in prison.