If you are facing theft or financial criminal charges in New York, call an experienced theft defense attorney today. A conviction for a theft crime can lead to serious legal penalties, including expensive fines and even a jail sentence.
A theft-related conviction can also ruin your reputation, hindering your future job opportunities, and imposing other social consequences.
Your best chance at avoiding conviction is contacting Passalacqua & Associates, a New York theft lawyer for help. An experienced defense lawyer will fight hard to protect you and your reputation.
Petty Larceny Charges
New York law defines many misdemeanor theft charges. A misdemeanor charge is one that is punishable by up to one year in jail, along with applicable court fees and fines. One of the most commonly charged offenses is petty larceny (sometimes referred to as petit larceny).
According to New York Penal Law Section 155.05 someone commits petty larceny when they intentionally “deprive another of property or to appropriate the same to themselves or to a third person, they wrongfully take, obtain or withhold such property from an owner thereof.”
This means that when someone takes another person’s property intending to keep it for themselves, they have committed petty larceny.
Petty larceny is a misdemeanor based on the value of the allegedly stolen property. That is, if someone allegedly steals property worth $1,000 or less, they could face a petty larceny charge. Someone convicted of petty larceny could face the following penalties:
- Up to one year in jail
- Three years’ probation
- Fines up to twice the amount of the stolen property’s value
If the property involved is worth more than $1,000, the accused could face the more serious grand larceny charge. Grand larceny is a felony, and is punishable by up to 25 years in prison depending on the property’s value.
Determining the value of the property involved is often subjective, and prosecutors may argue that the property had an increased value to charge the accused with a serious crime. Anyone facing a petty or grand larceny charge should call Passalacqua & Associates immediately for legal defense.
Related Theft ChargesIn addition to petty and grand larceny, other common theft charges in New York include:
- Credit card theft
- Identity theft or fraud
- Grand larceny
- Criminal possession of stolen property
- Issuing bad checks
- Scheme to defraud
Each of these charges have different associated penalties, including the possibility of serious jail time in some cases. A criminal conviction for theft can negatively affect someone’s life in many ways even after they have served a sentence.
Anyone charged with a theft-related offense in New York should call a criminal defense lawyer right away.
Defending Against Theft Charges
Prosecutors must show someone charged with theft acted intentionally. For example, prosecutors have to prove that the accused intended to keep someone else’s wallet for themselves rather than accidentally holding onto it.
An experienced New York theft lawyer will challenge the prosecution’s version of events, and defend those charged with larceny or other theft offenses.
A dedicated attorney can also work diligently to protect the accused from overly zealous prosecutors and fight to reduce or dismiss charges.
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