All theft offenses in New Jersey are serious. Even when a jail sentence is unlikely, a person convicted of theft is branded as a person who cannot be trusted. Employment doors will close. Educational doors will close. Landlords will refuse to rent. If you are not a United States citizen, a theft conviction can cause serious difficulties in obtaining citizenship. It can even cause you to be removed from the country.
The person convicted of theft will suffer. So will that person's family. For these reasons, if you are charged with any kind of theft, including shoplifting, seek legal representation. The consequences of a conviction will haunt you for many years and, possibly, a lifetime.