In New York State, if you go into a store or take an item that doesn’t belong to you and the value is small, it’s deemed petty larceny. It’s a physical taking. What elevates it to a grand larceny felony is the dollar amount or the value of the item.
What would make it more serious is if someone forcibly took an item from a person. It can be deemed a robbery if you physically take an item from someone’s person or threaten the use of a weapon or display the use of a weapon in the commission of larceny. That elevates the same act to a more serious felony charge.
Petty larceny is a serious offense because it’s a misdemeanor. The case is prosecuted by the local district attorney’s office. If you are convicted, you will have a criminal record. A criminal record can affect the rest of your life.
The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway is proud to serve people from Rockland County facing criminal charges, including petty larceny, Rockland DWI, drug charges, gun crimes, violent crimes, juvenile crimes, and much more. If you need our help, contact our Spring Valley law firm for a free consultation.