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What Happens if I am Caught Shoplifting in New York State?

As you know, it is wrong to shoplift. However, we all make mistakes, and if you have recently received a shoplifting charge in New York, the consequences you may face are severe and, in the worst cases, may even result in jail time. Rather obviously, you need an experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorney on your side who can fight for your rights, every step of the way. Read on and reach out to our firm to learn more about shoplifting charges in New York State and how our firm can help you fight them. Here are some of the questions you may have about the legal process ahead:

What are the penalties for shoplifting in New York State?

As you know, it is illegal to shoplift, and as such, you may face very serious consequences if you are convicted of doing so. The first thing you should understand is that the severity of your charges depends upon the dollar value of the merchandise allegedly stolen. The consequences of shoplifting in New York State are as follows:

  • Less than $1,000: This is known as petit larceny, and upon conviction, you will most likely face a Class A misdemeanor, which entails up to $1,000 in fines, as well as up to one year in jail.
  • Between $1,000 and $3,000: This is grand larceny in the fourth degree, and upon conviction, you will most likely face a class E felony, which entails $5,000 in fines or double your monetary gain from the theft, whichever is of greater value. You may also go to jail for up to 4 years.
  • Between $3,000 and $50,000: You are looking at grand larceny in the third degree, and upon conviction, you may face up to 7 years in jail and hefty fines.
  • Between $50,000 and $1 million: Grand larceny in the second degree, a class C felony which entails up to 15 years in prison, as well as extremely high fines.
  • Over $1 million: Grand larceny in the first degree, which is a class B felony, which entails extremely high fines and up to 25 years in prison.

The bottom line is that no matter your charges if you are being accused of shoplifting, you must retain the services of an experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorney today. We are ready to help you through every step of the legal process ahead–all you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call today.


Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.

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