Long Island Grand Larceny Attorney

According to New York’s criminal law system, larceny is defined as the wrongful taking or obtaining of another’s property – otherwise known as theft. If you have been charged with larceny, depending on if it is a misdemeanor or felony, the penalty can range anywhere from monetary restitution and community service to jail or prison time. The type of larceny can range from Petty Larceny (known as Petit Larceny) to Grand Larceny.

Grand Larceny

Grand larceny is defined by many types of theft: fraud, extortion, embezzlement, or outright theft based on a greater than $1000 value. Often, grand larceny is considered to be a “white-collar” crime. If you are being charged with grand larceny in New York, you could face a penalty of up to four years in prison for a fourth-degree grand larceny ($1001-$3000) and up to a 25 year sentence in prison for a first-degree grand larceny (over $100,000) charge. Grand larceny often includes the following types of theft:

  • Embezzlement
  • Pickpocketing
  • Debit Cards and Credit Cards
  • Blackmail
  • Extortion
  • Vehicle Theft
  • Firearm Theft

Petit Larceny

Petit larceny concerns stealing any property from anyone with a value of under $1000. Most generally, in New York, if you have been accused of petit larceny, it usually involves shoplifting. Everyone makes mistakes and does things they often regret, and if you have been charged with shoplifting, our law firm has an expert understanding of New York law and can help you navigate our complex law system.

But if you are not guilty of shoplifting or other petit larceny, it  is important for you to be able tell your side of the story in the courts. Being falsely accused or dealing with false charges can be a frightening ordeal and it is important to have a skilled and trusted attorney on your side to build your defense in our imperfect system of laws.

Whatever the case, every case is an individual case, and there are many successful ways to challenge a larceny arrest. In the case of an alleged shoplifting crime, we may be able to dispute intent to shoplift, or prove that it was inadvertent. In the case of a first-time offense in New York, some court systems offer education programs for accused shoplifters that may help you get your larceny charges reduced or even dismissed altogether.

At Divins & Divins, a first-time consultation is always free, so pick up the phone and call our office today to tell us about your individual larceny situation.