What are the Consequences of Shoplifting in New York State?

If you were caught stealing from a store, you are most likely facing larceny charges. These charges range in their severity, corresponding with the dollar amount of the property you allegedly stole. If you are convicted of larceny, it will probably have a huge impact on your life. Felony and even some misdemeanor charges may prevent you from getting the job you want, buying a house, or applying for certain loans. This is why it is so important you contact an experienced attorney who will fight for your rights. If you are accused of larceny, here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the penalties for larceny in New York?

As stated above, the penalties correspond with the value of property stolen. New York is not known for showing mercy to those who commit larceny. Here are the penalties for larceny in New York:

  • Stealing property with a value of $1000 or less: This is known as petit larceny and is considered a class A misdemeanor. You may face fines up to $1000 and possible imprisonment for a year.
  • Stolen property worth $1000-$3000: This is known as grand larceny in the fourth degree and is a class E felony. You may face fines up to $5000 or double the offender’s gain from the act and possible imprisonment for up to 4 years. 
  • Property valued between $3,000-$50,000: This is grand larceny in the third degree and is a class D felony. If convicted, you may have to pay extremely high fines and face imprisonment for up to 7 years.
  • Stolen property valued between $50,000-$1 million: This is known as grand larceny in the second degree, which is a class C felony and comes with heavy fines and possible jail time of up to 15 years.
  • If you have stolen property valued over $1 million, you may face a charge of grand larceny in the first degree. This is a class B felony, which comes with up to 25 years of imprisonment.

Are there any defenses to a larceny charge?

Fortunately, if you are a first-time and low-level offender, you may qualify for a diversion program, which generally will not go on your record. Additionally, if you are not a repeat offender, an experienced attorney may be able to strike a plea deal which will lessen your charges. If you were unlawfully arrested or law enforcement did not follow proper procedure during your arrest, an attorney may even have your case dismissed altogether.

Contact our Spring Valley firm

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.