The definition of larceny is a crime involving the unlawful theft of another person’s or business entity’s personal property. If you are accused of committing this crime in New York State, you will likely be facing fines, a jail sentence, and a permanent criminal record that will impact your future opportunities. This is why you must take your legal defense seriously. Follow along to find out the penalties that are associated with larceny and how one of the proficient Garden City, NY larceny lawyers of Grunwald & Seman, P.C., can help you explore your options.
What penalties come with larceny in New York State?
The penalties that will be inflicted on your after your larceny conviction will depend on a number of factors. Specifically, the New York court will consider the value of the stolen property, your prior record, whether you simultaneously committed another offense, and any other relevant circumstances of your case. A general guideline of what you may be facing is as follows:
- Petit larceny (i.e., Class A misdemeanor):
- Stolen property valued at up to $1,000.
- Fines up to $1,000.
- A jail sentence of up to one year.
- Grand larceny in the fourth degree (i.e., Class E felony):
- Stolen property valued anywhere between $1,000 to $3,000.
- Fines up to $5,000, or double your monetary gain from the crime.
- A jail sentence of up to four years.
- Grand larceny in the third degree (i.e., Class D felony):
- Stolen property valued anywhere between $3,000 to $50,000.
- A jail sentence of up to seven years.
- Grand larceny in the second degree (i.e., Class C felony):
- Stolen property valued anywhere between $50,000 to $1 million.
- A jail sentence of up to 15 years.
- Grand larceny in the first degree (i.e., Class B felony):
- Stolen property valued at least $1 million.
- A jail sentence of up to 25 years.
An important note is that you may qualify for a diversion program to replace your incarceration sentence. Again, the New York court will review the circumstances of your case when making this determination.
Under what circumstances will my larceny charge be upgraded?
Your larceny charge will be upgraded if the circumstances of your case are deemed to be severe. For example, a larceny charge is upgraded to robbery when there is any sort of weaponry, threats, or force used in the process of stealing property. What’s worse is if the weapon has been stolen. Undoubtedly, a robbery charge comes with harsher penalties.
To properly defend against these accusations, you must hire one of the talented Nassau County criminal defense attorneys as soon as you possibly can. We will tirelessly work to reduce or altogether eliminate the penalties placed against you. Give our firm a call today.
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