By definition, larceny is the unlawful theft of another person’s or business entity’s personal property. This is considered a criminal offense in New York State, and as such, you may be facing fines, jail time, and ultimately, a permanent criminal record. To avoid this, you must take your legal defense seriously. Follow along to understand the penalties for larceny, when your charge may be upgraded, and how a proficient Spring Valley shoplifting attorney of The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway can assist you with your legal strategy.
What are the consequences of committing larceny in New York State?
The penalties that will be placed against you for committing larceny will be dependent on several factors, such as the following:
- The value of the property stolen.
- Whether you have a prior criminal record.
- Whether you simultaneously committed another offense.
- Any other relevant circumstances to your case.
That said, a general guideline that the New York court will follow is as follows:
- Petit larceny (i.e., Class A misdemeanor): the stolen property was valued at $1,000 or less.
- A fine of up to $1,000.
- A jail sentence of up to one year.
- Grand larceny in the fourth degree (i.e., Class E felony): the stolen property was valued at anywhere between $1,000 to $3,000.
- A fine of up to $5,000, or double your monetary gain from the crime.
- A jail sentence of up to four years.
- Grand larceny in the third degree (i.e., Class D felony): the stolen property was valued at anywhere between $3,000 to $50,000.
- A jail sentence of up to seven years.
- Grand larceny in the second degree (i.e., Class C felony): the stolen property was valued at anywhere between $50,000 to $1 million.
- A jail sentence of up to 15 years.
- Grand larceny in the first degree (i.e., Class B felony): the stolen property valued at $1 million or more.
- A jail sentence of up to 25 years.
When will my larceny charge be upgraded?
Again, the New York court will review the circumstances of your case when deciding whether your larceny charge needs to be upgraded. But usually, if you used any sort of weaponry, threats, or force in the process of committing larceny, then your charge will likely be upgraded to robbery. And it should go without saying that a robbery charge comes with more severe penalties.
Whether you were falsely accused of larceny or you need help with reducing the penalties placed against you, look no further than a talented Rockland County criminal defense lawyer. We will tirelessly work to give you the best possible outcome. Pick up the phone and give our firm a call today.
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