If you are facing theft charges in New York, the consequences of a conviction could affect your life and the lives of your family members for years to come. Depending on your specific charges, the penalties might include tens of thousands of dollars in fines and a lengthy prison sentence.
Even petit larceny—a misdemeanor offense—can result in a jail sentence of up to one year and three years’ probation. But if the property you stole was worth more than $1,000, you may face felony charges, which come with incredibly harsh penalties even for a first offense. Beyond the fines and incarceration, a conviction could also make it difficult to find employment, disqualify you from voting, and prevent you from owning a firearm.
Fortunately, there may be a defense strategy that applies to your case. A criminal defense lawyer from LoTempio P.C. Law Group can evaluate your situation for free and help you determine the most strategic way to proceed.
We will put your rights first and hold the government to its burden of proof. Call 716-855-3761 to schedule a consultation with a New York criminal defense attorney.
Penalties for Theft Crimes in New York
The sentencing guidelines for theft crimes in New York are complex, and the specific penalties you might be facing depend on a variety of factors. Below, we’ve outlined just a few potential penalties of various theft charges, but the best way to determine the consequences you might be facing is to speak with a criminal defense attorney.
1. Petit Larceny
Petit larceny is the least serious theft offense in New York and is the only one that’s classified as a misdemeanor. These charges are associated with theft of property that is worth less than $1,000. A petit larceny conviction can result in up to one year in jail, up to three years’ probation, a fine of $0 to $1,000, court surcharges, and community service.
2. Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree
Grand larceny in the fourth degree is a class E felony that involves stolen property valued at $1,000 and $3,000. Stealing certain items can also result in such charges regardless of their value. Examples include firearms, motor vehicles, and credit/debit cards. Potential penalties include a prison sentence of up to four years and a fine of up to $5,000 or double the value of the stolen property, whichever is greater.
3. Grand Larceny in the Third Degree
Grand larceny in the third degree is a class D felony that involves stolen property valued at $3,000 and $5,000. A conviction may result in a prison sentence of up to seven years and fine of up to $5,000 or double the value of the stolen property, whichever is greater.
4. Grand Larceny in the Second Degree
Grand larceny in the second degree is a class C felony that involves stolen property valued at $50,000 and $1 million. Obtaining property through certain types of extortion may also warrant such charges. A conviction can result in up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
5. Grand Larceny in the First Degree
Grand larceny in the first degree is a Class B felony that involves stolen property that exceeds $1 million in value. Potential penalties of a conviction include a prison sentence of up to 25 years and a fine of up to $30,000.
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