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Grand Larceny Charges in NYC

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Grand theft, referred to as grand larceny in New York Penal Code, is a felony theft crime that involves theft of property valued at more than $1,000 or theft of property in other specific circumstances. There are four degrees of grand larceny, and depending on whether a defendant is accused of grand larceny in the fourth, third, second or first degree, he or she may face varying penalties. Though grand larceny is a non-violent theft crime, a defendant convicted of grand larceny in the first degree may face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $30,000.

Representing defendants throughout New York, Musa-Obregon Law PC is dedicated to providing the level of aggressive defense counsel that is needed to challenge grand larceny charges. If you or a loved one has been arrested for or charged with grand larceny or any theft offense, the firm may be able to help. The attorneys have 100 years of combined experience, and founding attorney S. Michael Musa-Obregon is a former prosecutor who served as an Assistant District Attorney. This experience helps him build more effective defense strategies, even in the face of particularly complex or challenging cases.

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Types of Grand Larceny

There are four classifications of grand larceny. The value of property and other factors will influence whether larceny is classified as petit or grand larceny and then what degree of grand larceny it is charged as. Understanding these can help you get a better idea of what to expect if you have been accused of one of these crimes.

Grand Larceny of the Fourth Degree
Grand larceny of the fourth degree is described in New York Penal Code § 155.30 as theft of property: valued at more than $1,000; that is a public record or property of a public servant or office; consists of secret scientific material; is a credit or debit card; is a firearm, rifle or shotgun; is a motor vehicle; is a religious item; was obtained through extortion; is an access device intended to be used to unlawfully obtain telephone service; or is anhydrous or liquefied ammonia for the manufacture of methamphetamine. Grand larceny of the fourth degree is the least severe of all classifications of this offense and is a class E felony, punishable by a maximum of four years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

Grand Larceny of the Third Degree
New York Penal Code § 155.35 describes grand larceny of the third degree as larceny of property valued at more than $3,000 or that is an automated teller machine (ATM) or its contents. This offense is a class D felony, punishable by up to 7 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 or twice the amount of property taken, whichever is greater.

Grand Larceny of the Second Degree
Grand larceny of the second degree is defined in New York Penal Code § 155.40 as larceny of property valued at more than $50,000, or larceny of any value of property obtained through extortion in the following circumstances: through threat of injury, property damage or interference with or use of official power or duty. Grand larceny of the second degree is a class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

Grand Larceny of the First Degree
The most serious of all grand larceny charges, grand larceny of the first degree is discussed in New York Penal Code § 155.42 as follows: "A person is guilty of grand larceny in the first degree when he steals property and when the value of the property exceeds one million dollars." The penalties for grand larceny in the first degree, a class B felony, may include up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $30,000.

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Grand larceny is a charge not to be taken lightly. Even the least serious form of this offense may result in a state prison sentence of up to four years and a heavy fine if a defendant is convicted. When your freedom is on the line, your choice in New York City criminal defense attorney may make all the difference. Act quickly and arrange a case review with Musa-Obregon Law PC and you can find out what you should and should not do at this point to positively influence your case. The decisions you make now may directly impact your freedom.

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