Being accused of theft or larceny is a significant charge that can massively affect your life, and this isn’t something you want on your record. If you’re facing a theft or larceny charge in the White Plains area of New York, get in contact with Darren DeUrso’s firm. Darren has been defending people from the aggressive judicial system for years, and he can help you minimize any fines or jail time.
What are the laws regarding theft in New York?
When it comes to theft, the penalties mostly come down to how valuable whatever you’ve stolen is. Stealing a hammer from someone’s garage is obviously not the same as stealing an original Van Gogh painting, and your punishment will reflect that.
Here’s the basic system:
- Petit Larceny, or simply “petty theft,” is anything under $1000, and carries a punishment of up to a $1000 fine a one-year jail sentence.
- Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree is anything that exceeds $1,000. It’s a class E felony and carries a punishment of up to $5000 and a 4-year jail sentence. If the value of the stolen property doesn’t exceed $1,000 but is a firearm, credit card, or motor vehicle, it is also considered 4th-degree grand larceny.
- Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree is anything that exceeds $3,000. It is a class D felony and carries a punishment of up to $5,000 in fines and a 7-year jail sentence.
- Grand Larceny in the 2nd Degree is anything that exceeds $50,000, but can also apply to cases where the theft was done through extortion. This is a class C felony and carries a punishment of up to $15,000 in fines and 15 years in jail.
- Grand Larceny in the 1st Degree is anything that exceeds $1 million. It is a class B felony and carries a punishment of up to $30,000 in fines and 25 years in jail.
Sometimes there is an opportunity to resolve the case without resorting to the judicial system. For example, oftentimes people who are responsible for shoplifting can be held civilly liable to the owner of the store to return the retail value of the stolen property.
Larceny is the general term for any kind of property that is wrongfully acquired, and can include:
- Theft by extortion
Having these on your record can affect your career, your reputation, and, or even just your relationships with people. Even just a minor larceny charge can lead to months in jail. If you have family or a job, having to go through that will be a big game changer and not in a good way
If you need help dealing with a theft or grand larceny charge, get in touch with Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law right away.
Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law
188 East Post Road, Suite 300
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: (914) 772-8614