Albany Theft Crimes Attorney
Defending Clients Facing Larceny Charges in New York
Larceny, also known as theft, is a serious criminal offense that can have severe consequences for those convicted. A skilled criminal defense attorney is essential to help you navigate the legal process and build a strong defense. Your attorney can investigate the case and gather evidence to support your innocence, negotiate with the prosecution to have the charges against you reduced or dropped, and represent you in court. They can also advise you on the potential consequences of a conviction and help you understand the possible outcomes of your case. With the help of a qualified criminal defense attorney, you can rest assured that your rights will be protected and you will receive a fair trial.
WHAT IS Grand LARCENY & Petit Larceny IN NEW YORK?
According to the State of New York's Penal Code § 155.05, theft crimes are legally referred to as larceny. State law dictates that larceny occurs when "a person steals property… with intent to deprive another of property or… takes, obtains, or withholds property from an owner thereof."
There are two types of larceny in New York: petit larceny and grand larceny. Petit larceny or petty theft is the lowest-level larceny offense in New York, while grand larceny is more serious.
The main difference between petit larceny and grand larceny is the value of the property stolen. The charge is considered petit larceny when the value of the stolen property is less than $1,000, while anything stolen worth more than $1,000 will be charged as grand larceny.
TYPES OF THEFT CRIMES
New York theft crimes include:
- Buying stolen property
- Stealing the property of another
- White Collar Theft
- Federal Theft
In simplest terms, larceny occurs in New York State anytime a person takes the property of another person without their consent and without the desire to return it. If an individual is accused of this crime, they may face serious penalties. To decide punishment, the law splits theft charges into five categories. These categories are based mainly on the value of goods stolen but are occasionally defined by the type of item stolen.
What are the Penalties for Grand & Petit Larceny in New York?
Petit Larceny is property theft valued at no more than $1,000 and is charged as a Class A Misdemeanor. Petit Larceny is punishable by up to one year in prison and fines of up to $1,000.
- Grand Larceny is separated into four degrees based on the value of the property stolen and is all charged as felonies:
- Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree - Theft of property worth more than $1,000 and is charged as a Class E Felony. This is punishable by four years in prison and fines of up to $5,000.
- Grand Larceny in the Third Degree - Theft of property worth $3,000 or more and is charged as a Class D Felony. This is punishable by 7-years in prison and fines up to $5,000.
- Grand Larceny in the Second Degree - Theft of property worth $50,000 or more and is charged as a Class C Felony. This is punishable by 15 years in prison and fines of up to $15,000.
- Grand Larceny in the First Degree - Theft of property exceeding $1 million is charged as a Class B Felony. This is punishable by 25 years in prison and fines of up to $30,000
Contact our Theft Crimes Lawyer Today
Penalties associated with felony larceny are serious and impact a person’s freedom, finances, and reputation in the community. Even after an individual has spent time in prison and has paid all fines, their felony conviction will follow them for the rest of their life.
Schillinger & Associates, PLLC is based in Albany and prepared to handle cases in the area and nationwide. With our firm, you work directly with your theft defense attorney as he builds a strong defense for your case. Our firm takes pride in providing the attentive service that clients deserve as they face some of the most challenging times.
Eric Schillinger has developed his practice by handling hundreds of cases personally. He has won victories for those facing minor misdemeanors and serious felonies and is prepared to use his expertise to build the best care possible for you. Though theft charges seem intimidating, Mr. Schillinger is ready to advocate when facing some of the largest law agencies in the nation.
Contact Schillinger and Associates, PLLC. today to schedule a FREE consultation with our theft crimes attorney in Albany!