Are You Facing Larceny Charges in New York?
Under New York State law, the term “larceny” refers to various types of theft, which is the taking of another’s property without permission. As you can imagine, there are many different types of crime which involves “larceny.”
If you have been charged with larceny in New York City or the Hudson Valley, call Lisa Pelosi, an experienced New York criminal defense lawyer. She is available 24/7 to help you fight charges of petit larceny, shoplifting, grand larceny, check and credit card forgery, burglary, robbery, and more. Lisa has more than 30 years of experience in the New York legal system, including experience as a prosecutor.
While the penalties for larceny in New York depend on many factors, a conviction of any kind can carry serious repercussions that significantly impact your life.
There are many different types of larceny crimes. The most common larceny charge is shoplifting, also known as petit larceny. If you are charged with petit larceny or grand larceny, you need a criminal law expert to help you navigate the system.
More generally, larceny involves the taking of another’s property without unlawfully entering another’s home or place of business and without the use of force.
Some crimes of larceny include (but are not limited to):
- Credit card fraud
- Check forgery
- Issuing bad checks
- Cashing checks improperly
New York Shoplifting – Petit Larceny
If someone enters a New York store and is caught stealing something, they will likely be charged with petit larceny. The severity of the charge and possible punishment is determined by the value of the item taken. When confronted by an employee, you are entitled to remain silent and not sign any documents. Under New York law, a conviction of petty larceny or shoplifting can show up on future background checks.
A criminal defense lawyer can use a defense strategy that seeks to prove that the item was taken unintentionally and get your criminal charges reduced or dismissed. It is important to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer represent you at the arraignment for any shoplifting or petit larceny case, whether you were formally booked or whether you were released with a desk appearance ticket.
New York Shoplifting – Grand Larceny
Grand larceny has four degrees that are all charged as felonies and carry the possibility of time in prison. The degree charged depends on the value of the item(s) stolen as well as the specific type of property that is stolen. Additionally, the use of extortion or threats can come into play when determining how grand larceny is charged. Property stolen through the use of extortion or the threat of physical injury, for instance, would be charged as second degree larceny. Understanding how grand larceny is charged can be difficult and confusing, but Lisa Pelosi will thoroughly examine your case in order to help you understand what you are facing and fight tirelessly to defend your rights in court.
Contact Lisa Pelosi for a Free, No-Risk Consultation
If you are contacted by a detective concerning any type of larceny, you should contact an attorney immediately. These charges can be very serious and can lead to incarceration and a criminal record if not handled by an expert in larceny cases. Moreover, speaking to detectives or the police without consulting with a criminal defense attorney could put you at risk of saying something that ultimately damages your case and hurts — or even eliminates — the possibility of having your charges dismissed or reduced.
Lisa Pelosi is a Top Rated Local® New York criminal defense attorney who has handled hundreds of larceny cases and can discuss defenses to your charges with you. She will provide you with everything you need to know in order to successfully navigate your case and avoid saying anything that could hurt you in court. Ultimately, Lisa will act as your dedicated advocate and fight tirelessly to help you defend your rights and your future.
Call The Law Office of Lisa Pelosi for a free consultation to discuss your larceny, shoplifting, burglary, or robbery case. She is here to listen to you and guide you.