Although theft is a nonviolent crime, those who are convicted of theft charges can face life-changing consequences. A theft conviction can lead not only to jail time, but also to extremely limited career opportunities. Many employers in New Jersey refuse to hire employees who have theft convictions on their records.

Earlier this week, a young Middletown resident was arrested for allegedly stealing from his place of employment. The 23-year-old has been accused of taking more than 1,600 Hydrocodone and Oxycodone pills from a CVS Pharmacy where he worked as a technician.

The street value of the prescription drugs amounts to about $20,000; it is not clear whether police think the man stole the drugs due to an addiction of his own.

The man has been charged with theft as well as receiving stolen property, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and possession of prescription legend drugs.

Many theft crimes are committed by people who are struggling with drug or gambling addictions. Of course, theft is also sometimes committed by people who are in other types of desperate situations. The reason that someone commits theft typically cannot be used as a defense in court; however, it can sometimes affect the legal process and sentencing. For example, a person who stole in order to support a drug addiction may be a good fit for the state’s pretrial intervention program, which can result in a rehabilitative-based sentence, rather than jail time. Participation in this program can also keep a person’s record clean.

Many people, however, are not guilty of the theft crimes of which they are accused, and in such cases it may be wise to seek to have the charges dismissed or to fight the charges at trial.

Source: NJ.com, “Little Silver CVS pharmacy technician stole more than 1,500 pills, police say,” Ashley Peskoe, Aug. 28, 2013