Theft Crimes in New York

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The state of New York takes theft crimes extremely seriously. If you have been accused of stealing any property, regardless of the property's value, you will be charged with a cri me and will face severe penalties, including jail time and significant fines. That is why it is absolutely critical that you that you retain an experienced Buffalo criminal defense attorney. The aggressive Buffalo trial attorneys at The Rossi Law Firm have the experience required to achieve the best possible result in your case.

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Types of Theft Crimes

A theft crime can be classified as either a misdemeanor or felony level offense in New York State, depending on the specific facts of each case and the value of the property alleged to have been stolen.

Common types of theft offenses include:

  • Petit larceny or "shoplifting" (Penal Law § 155.25)
  • Grand larceny (Penal Law § 155.30, 155.35, 155.40, or 155.42)
  • Identity theft (Penal Law § 190.78, § 190.79, § 190.80)
  • Burglary (Penal Law § 140.30)
  • Robbery (Penal Law § 160)
  • Theft of services (Penal Law § 165.15)

Petit Larceny or Shoplifting

One of the most common theft crimes is petit larceny, or "shoplifting" (N.Y. Penal Law § 155.25). An individual is guilty of petit larceny "when he steals property," regardless of the value of the property. Petit larceny is a class A misdemeanor criminal offense, and is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of up to one year in addition to a fine of up to $1,000.00.

Grand Larceny

Grand larceny is a felony level offense that carries more severe penalties and fines than petit larceny, and can be charged as a class E, class D, class C, or class B felony offense. In most cases, the level of offense depends upon the value of the property involved. An individual charged with any grand larceny offense faces significant penalties, including the possibility of being sentenced to prison in the event of a conviction.

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