Contrary to popular belief, being accused of shoplifting, a type of larceny, in the state of New York is no small offense. Rather, you most likely be looking at a criminal charge, such as fines, jail time, and a permanent criminal record that could negatively affect your future opportunities, whether that be your career or immigration status. Learn more about the consequences you may face and how a talented Garden City, NY Larceny lawyer at Grunwald & Seman, P.C. can help you navigate your case.
What are the penalties for larceny in New York?
Larceny refers to when an individual steals the property of another individual. Most charges in the state of New York are considered misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the value of the property stolen. The potential penalties are as follows:
- Stolen property valued at up to $1,000 is considered petit larceny, otherwise known as a Class A misdemeanor.
- Fines up to $1,000.
- Up to 1 year in jail.
- Stolen property valued between $1,000 to $3,000 is grand larceny in the fourth degree, or a Class E felony.
- Fines up to $5,000 or double the offender’s gain from the crime.
- Up to 4 years in jail.
- Stolen property valued between $3,000 to $50,000 is grand larceny in the third degree, or a Class D felony.
- Up to 7 years in jail.
- Stolen property valued between $50,000 to $1 million is grand larceny in the second degree, or a Class C felony.
- Up to 15 years in jail.
- Stolen property valued over $1 million is grand larceny in the first degree, or a Class B felony.
- Up to 25 years in jail.
In some situations, individuals may qualify for a diversion program in place of incarceration. If you are facing a larceny charge, contact one of the practiced Nassau County criminal defense attorneys today to help you explore every legal avenue for your charges to be mitigated or dropped altogether.
How are larceny charges upgraded?
If you commit larceny while also threatening to commit a crime of the first or second degree or while using force, you will be upgraded to a robbery charge. And if you use a weapon, you will be upgraded to armed robbery. If the weapon in use is stolen, this only heightens the potential penalties.
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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.