New Jersey Lost Property Law
We represent clients charged with N.J.S.A. 2C:20-6; New Jersey theft of lost property or property mislaid or delivered by mistake indictments filed in Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Mercer County, Somerset County, Essex County, Union County, and Hudson County.
Under this law the assumption of control over property that was lost is essential.
The prosecution must prove the following:
First, defendant "knew" that the property was lost, mislaid, or delivered under a mistake as to the nature or amount of the property.
Second, it must prove that defendant knew the identity of the owner.
Third, it must prove that defendant had a purpose to deprive the owner of the property.
The state must prove six material elements to obtain a conviction.
First, defendant came into control of the property of another.
Second, property was either lost, mislaid, or delivered under a mistake.
Third, defendant knew about the mistake.
Fourth, defendant knew the identity of the owner.
Fifth, defendant had a purpose to deprive the owner of the property.
Sixth, defendant converted the property to his own use.
If you have any questions for a New Jersey criminal defense attorney about a New Jersey theft of mislaid, delivered by mistake or lost property charge, please do not hesitate to contact us.