Whether you are someone being charged with shoplifting, or first-degree larceny, you are in danger of jail time, fines, and a life of being treated as a criminal convict. Fortunately, with the help of experienced legal counsel, there is a strong chance that you will be able to fight these charges to have them mitigated, or, in some cases, completely dropped. If you are fighting a larceny charge, please read on and reach out to our firm to learn more about what we can do for you.
What are the consequences of a petit larceny charge?
Petit larceny is the stealing of property valued at $100 or less, otherwise known as shoplifting. Though it may seem rather harmless, the truth is, a shoplifting charge carries very serious penalties in the state of New York. If convicted, you will face a class A misdemeanor, as well as up to 1 year in prison and a $1,000 fine.
What are the consequences of felony larceny charges in New York State?
There are multiple classes of felony larceny charges in New York, each with penalties that correspond with the monetary value of the stolen goods or services. The various felony larceny charges are as follows:
Grand larceny in the fourth degree, for stolen property valued between $1000 and $3000
- Class E felony
- Fines up to $5000, or double the offender’s gain from the crime
- Up to 4 years in prison
Grand larceny in the third degree, for stolen property valued between $3000 and $50,000
- Class D felony
- Up to 7 years in prison
Grand larceny in the second degree, for stolen property valued between $50,000 and $1 million
- Class C felony
- Up to 15 years in prison
Grand larceny in the first degree, for stolen property valued at $1 million or more
- Class B felony
- Up to 25 years in prison
Larceny charges may change your life forever, as a criminal record very often haunts even first-time offenders like a ghost. If you find yourself in a position where you are facing any sort of a theft charge in New York, you must do yourself a favor and reach out to our experienced criminal defense attorneys as soon as you can. We are ready to help.
Contact our experienced Long Island firm
Criminal matters can change the course of your life forever. This is why you need an experienced attorney who will aggressively combat your charges to help mitigate their long-term effects. If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for a criminal defense matter on Long Island or throughout New York State, please contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to assist you.