Petty Theft / Petit Larceny in NYC
Queens & Manhattan Theft Defense Lawyer
Petit larceny, generally referred to as petty theft, is a crime that involves
taking another's property without the person's knowledge or consent.
This is typically considered the least serious of all
theft crimes that a person may commit, but there are harsh repercussions for a defendant
convicted of petty theft in New York. Petit larceny is a class A misdemeanor,
punishable by up to one year in county jail. A conviction for petty theft
may also impact future theft-related charges, increasing the penalties
that a defendant faces if convicted of a new theft offense.
If you are facing criminal charges or have been arrested for petit larceny,
it is important to involve a legal professional who can protect your constitutional
rights. A New York City criminal defense lawyer at
Musa-Obregon & Associates can offer the level of legal counsel you need. Led by a former prosecutor,
the team at the firm has 100 years of combined experience and is completely
committed to seeking the best possible result for every client.
Call today for a
confidential consultation and case review. This is your chance to get insight from a professional
who can help you get started in the right direction.
New York Penal Code § 155.25 Petit Larceny
To better understand petit larceny charges, it is important to know how
larceny is defined in New York law and in what ways it may be committed.
According to New York Penal Code § 155.05:
A person steals property and commits larceny when, with intent to deprive
another of property or to appropriate the same to himself or to a third
person, he wrongfully takes, obtains or withholds such property from an
Larceny may be committed in various ways, through hidden means or
fraud. This may include theft by
embezzlement, false promise, bad checks or extortion. The manner in which larceny is
carried out and the value of property or amount of money involved will
dictate whether a person faces petit or grand larceny charges. Petit larceny
is the lesser of these, classified as a misdemeanor, whereas grand larceny
is classified as a felony and therefore subject to increased penalties,
including incarceration in state prison as opposed to county jail.
New York Penal Code § 155.25 states: "A person is guilty of petit
larceny when he steals property. Petit larceny is a class A misdemeanor."
A theft offense will typically be classified as petit larceny as long
as the value of property involved does not exceed $1,000. There are other
factors that may come into play when determining whether theft will be
classified as petit or grand larceny. If the property stolen is a firearm,
public record, credit card or religious item or is taken directly from
the person of another, even without force (pickpocketing), this is considered
one of the more serious offense of grand larceny.
Petit larceny charges typically are associated with shoplifting and other
non-violent forms of theft of items that are valued at less than $1,000.
The maximum penalties for petit larceny in New York are up to one year
in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. The court will determine exactly what
penalties are imposed, depending on the circumstances of the case.
Petty Theft Defense in New York City
In the face of theft allegations or charges, the most important step you
can take is to protect your rights. This is best accomplished with a skilled
criminal defense attorney by your side. Even if formal charges have not
been filed, your attorney can advise you on how to possibly avoid charges
or seek an acquittal in court.
Contact Musa-Obregon & Associates today if you have been charged with theft in Queens or anywhere in New York.
We advocate on behalf of individuals throughout Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx,
Manhattan, Rockland County and Westchester County.