Theft Crimes

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In New York, theft is commonly known as larceny, which happens when an individual “wrongfully gains possession or withholds property from its original owner in order to deprive the owner of having it. A larceny conviction is punishable by harsh penalties, including a lengthy amount of time spent behind bars, fines worth thousands of dollars, and even costly civil penalties.

If you or anyone you know is arrested for any type of larceny, contact the Law Offices of Iannuzzi and Iannuzzi for legal assistance. Our skilled and knowledgeable criminal defense team has experience in this arena, and we are equipped to help you navigate the legal process. You don't need to try to walk through these charges alone.

Contact our firm any time of the day or night, any day of the year—we're here to assist you with all your legal needs for a theft charge.

New York Larceny Laws & Penalties

New York is one of a few states that still define theft as larceny. The penalties for these crimes are based on the amount of money is involved or how much the property is worth.

The following are the different types of theft crimes in New York:

  • Petit larceny – Considered the lowest-level theft crime, petit larceny involves property worth up to $1,000. This offense is considered a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a jail sentence of up to one year and a maximum fine of $1,000.
  • Fourth-degree grand larceny – This theft crime involves property worth between more than $1,000 and $3,000. Fourth-degree grand larceny is a Class E felony, which h carries a prison term of up to four years and maximum fine of $5,000 (or double the amount gained from the offense).
  • Third-degree grand larceny – This theft crime involves property worth between more than $3,000 and $50,000 or an ATM. Third-degree grand larceny is a Class D felony, which carries a prison sentence of up to seven years and a maximum fine of $5,000 (or double the amount gained from the offense).
  • Second-degree grand larceny – This theft crime involves property worth between more than $50,000 and $1,000,000. Second-degree grand larceny is a Class C felony, which carries a prison term of up to 15 years and a maximum fine of $15,000 (or double the amount gained from the offense).
  • First-degree grand larceny – This theft crime involves property worth between more than $1,000,000. First-degree grand larceny is a Class B felony, which carries a prison sentence of up to 25 years and a maximum fine of $30,000.

If you are charged with shoplifting, in addition to the penalties mentioned above, you could be held civilly liable by a shop owner or merchant if the stolen merchandise is worth up to $1,500 and isn’t sellable. Furthermore, you could also face a penalty that isn’t worth more than five times the retail price or $75, which is capped of $500.

Another—more violent—larceny offense is robbery, which is the taking and carrying away of another person’s property by force, or fear. Robbery, especially armed robbery, is a serious violent felony which carries extreme penalties in every state.

Robbery is often classified as first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery or third-degree robbery, according to the circumstances surrounding the crime. All three classifications can result in a long prison sentence, restitution, and/or fines. A robbery conviction may also result in a life sentence behind bars, or even the death penalty. When sentencing is enforced, a judge may also take into consideration any past criminal convictions on a person’s record in order to ensure that the public is protected.

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Theft crimes are vigorously prosecuted, especially when the victim has suffered injury. Furthermore, people charged with aiding or abetting robberies may also receive harsh sentences. Our firm has extensive experience defending individuals charged with theft crimes. We know how to navigate the system, and we can help save you and your family a great deal of time, and a great deal of grief. We are also able to defend those accused of larceny.

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