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In New York, larceny is the legal term for a general act of theft without any incident of violence or intimidation. It is described in the state’s penal code as the act of taking or withholding property owned by another without any intent to return it, or with the intent to keep it for an extended period of time. Property can be considered money, items, real estate, data, and virtually anything of value in the definition of larceny.
Although larceny seems to be a generalized crime, it can still carry severe penalties upon conviction. If you have been accused of larceny in New York, come to the Law Offices of Lowell J. Sidney to work with an experienced Brooklyn criminal defense lawyer on your case. You need to be ready for what the prosecution will bring to your case. Our attorneys are here to give you the insight and advantages you need to succeed.
Sentencing Punishments for Larceny in New York
You will be charged with petit larceny if you are accused of stealing an item valued at $999 or less. As a class A misdemeanor, petit larceny can be punished withup to one year in imprisonment and up to $1,000 fine. The theft of an item that does not trigger petit larceny charges will trigger a felony charge of grand larceny instead.
Grand larceny classifications and punishments include:
- Item valued between $1,000 and $2,999: Class E felony that can be punished with four years’ imprisonment and $5,000 fine.
- Item valued between $3,000 and $49,999: Class D felony that can be punished with seven years’ imprisonment and $5,000 fine.
- Item valued between $50,000 and $999,999: Class C felony that can be punished with 15 years’ imprisonment and $5,000 fine.
- Item valued at $1 million or more: Class B felony that can be punished with 25 years’ imprisonment and $5,000 fine.
It is worth noting that high level larceny sentencing can include a fine equal to double the value of the stolen property, based on a judge’s discretion. For example, if you were convicted for stealing a car valued at $20,000, the fine could be up to $40,000.
Begin Your Larceny Defense with Our Law Firm’s Advocacy
For every criminal charge, there is at least one defense strategy. It is just a matter of finding and utilizing the best possible strategy for each case. With our theft crime attorney in Brooklyn by your side, you can confidently explore your defense options and arguments, like proving you had the owner’s consent to take an item or showing you have been a victim of wrongful identity. We explore every legal avenue and analyze every small detail to make certain you are fairly and powerfully represented in and out of court.
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