Joel Bacher, Criminal Defense Lawyer for Theft Charges

If you have been arrested on theft or robbery charges, you are probably experiencing stress, discomfort, and an uncertainty on what the future holds for you. Maybe even anger, especially if consider yourself wrongly accused, perhaps a disagreement gone bad with an acquaintance. Rest assured this: If I become your lawyer defending the charges you face, you will receive an aggressive and robust defense. We will immediately seek a dismissal or downgrade. If we go to trial ---- and I am rare among lawyers having special certifications for trial by the New Jersey Supreme Court --- I will fight tooth and nail for your acquittal.

Theft is intentionally taking of another's personal property without permission or consent, cash being the most commonly stolen item. Theft, however, is actually a broader term, encompassing many forms of deceit, including

  • Shoplifting
  • Taking Under False Pretenses
  • Robbery
  • Fraud

In cases where the value of stolen items falls below a certain threshold, the crime is considered a disorderly person, or petty disorderly person charge, and those offenses are always brought before a Municipal Court Judge. Larger amounts constitute a grand theft offense, and penalties are much more severe.

In a recent criminal trial case adjudicated in the Municipal Court of Paterson, NJ, Joel Bacher, acting as criminal defense attorney for a client accused of theft from his employer, and criminal destruction of property, resulted in a finding of Not Guilty.


Being arrested for stealing can be signs of more problematic trouble, and is often related to other issues like a drug habit, or overwhelming debt. Other times, the intention is irrespective of any mitigating factor. If you are arrested for theft, do not talk to the police about why you stole. Period. Do not try to negotiate with the police. Or worse, reason with the police about a need, or try to suggest you were going to replace the stolen items, admitting you stole them! Exercise your right to remain silent and get a criminal defense lawyer at your first opportunity. That is your best chance for a downgrade, if not a dismissal. The police, when questioning you, despite what your mother may have told you, are not your friends. Although they appear friendly as such, but that is how they do their job to get information to hold against you. Be polite, yes, but be firm, and request a call to a criminal defense lawyer at your first opportunity and continue to remain silent in the meantime.


If you or someone you know has been arrested for shoplifting, theft or for receiving stolen property, I urge you to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for representation and counsel. The prosecutor's office will always have the responsibility of proving you committed the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. Not only is this hard to satisfy, but if the presiding judge has any reason to believe you did not commit every element to the crime, the charges against you may be reduced or dismissed. I, Joel Bacher, am here to defend your rights. I have, for forty years, successfully defended numerous charges that involved theft. My Wayne law office has achieved numerous acquittals, dismissals and downgrading of charges for a wide range of theft charges. We prepare thoroughly for every case in the event of trial. We believe the way to mitigate if not dismiss a theft charge is to negotiate and litigate from a position of strength.

  • 40 Years Litigation Experience
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Extensive Trial Experience
  • Certified for Civil Trial by the NJ Supreme Court
  • 24/7/365 Call Center and availability
  • Evening Hours for Personal Meetings
  • Fully Licensed in New York and New Jersey, and all Federal Courts as well

For the best criminal defense in Wayne, Paterson, Passaic County and all of New Jersey, contact Joel Bacher at The Law Offices of Joel Bacher, for a free consultation. Telephone 877-217-6903 or click to send an email. All consultations and written correspondences will be kept strictly confidential.