Charged with a Theft Crime?

Petit Larceny New York

What Is Petit Larceny in NY?

When a person is accused of theft, and the value of the property that was stolen is less than $1,000, the crime will usually be charged as "petit larceny". If the amount exceeds $1,000, it is considered grand larceny. In New York, petit larceny is very common because it often involves shoplifting.

How Likely is Jail Time For Petit Larceny?

Petit larceny carries a maximum penalty of up to 12 months in jail. Judges might consider alternatives to jail—such as probation, community service, or restitution

Department and retail stores in New York will generally hold alleged shoplifters until police arrive and tell them that signing a confession is required. The fact is that you are not required to sign anything and our firm advises that you do not. This can be damaging to your case and it is your right to refuse.

If you or someone you know is facing allegations for any type of theft crime, it is vital that you obtain the services of a competent Brooklyn criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and interests.

Facing petit larceny charges? Contact our Brooklyn petit larceny lawyer today.

New York Penalties for Petit Larceny

Petit larceny is considered a class A misdemeanor. The maximum punishment for a conviction of petit larceny is up to 1 year in jail. Besides jail time, you could face considerably large fines, probation, community service and a negative criminal record that will make it difficult for many years to be able to take advantage of job opportunities and housing options.


You Need an Experienced, Aggressive Lawyer

Petit larceny is a crime that is incredibly costly to New Yorkers because department and retail stores have to account for it in their loss prevention budgets, along with paying security to try and control it. Consequently, it creates a financial burden for stores and prices are raised to compensate. There is a civil statute that allows victims to sue perpetrators of petit theft for up to five times the amount that was stolen.

Many accusations of petit larceny can be avoided altogether with fast action taken by a defense attorney from our firm. Being charged with petit larceny will require an aggressive defensive strategy to try and avoid or minimize the consequences that can result.

At The Law Offices of David E. Levine, our experienced criminal defense attorneys have a proven track record of success in and out of the courtroom and we are prepared to zealously defend you against the charges you are facing.

Contact a Brooklyn criminal lawyer now if you are facing allegations for a theft crime.

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