Theft Lawyer Protecting the Rights of Clients in Nassau County, Long Island
In New York, the term “larceny” is used to describe a number of different theft-related crimes. Being convicted of larceny can hurt your reputation, impact your employment opportunities, and jeopardize your freedom. There is a lot at stake in a larceny case, which is why you should seek legal guidance from an experienced theft attorney.
Gianni Karmily has protected the rights of countless clients who have been accused of committing theft-related crimes. Let him stand by your side and aggressively fight your charges.
What is Larceny in New York?
Larceny occurs when someone steals another person’s property with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of the stolen property. A number of different crimes are categorized as larceny because they involve the theft of property. Some of these crimes include:
- Obtaining property by false pretenses
- Larceny by trick
- Issuing a bad check
- Possession of stolen property
- Identity theft
All of these crimes are charged as larceny in New York. The type and degree of charges you will face will depend on the nature of the crime, mainly the value of the stolen property.
What’s the Difference Between Petit Larceny vs. Grand Larceny?
Theft crimes are either charged as petit larceny or grand larceny, depending on the value of the stolen property. If the value of the property is $1,000 or less, it is considered petit larceny. One of the most common types of petit larceny is shoplifting. Shoplifters typically only take what they can carry, which is usually less than $1,000 in property. For this reason, most shoplifters are charged with petit larceny.
If the value of stolen property is over $1,000, it is grand larceny. There are four degrees of grand larceny crimes. The degree of charges you will face will typically depend on the stolen property’s value. If the stolen property’s value is over $1,000 up to $3,000, it is fourth-degree grand larceny. If the value of the property is over $3,000 up to $50,000, it is third-degree grand larceny. If the value of the property is over $50,000 up to $1 million, it is second-degree grand larceny. A crime involving stolen property valued at over $1 million is first-degree grand larceny.
Sometimes, the degree of grand larceny is determined by the type of property that is stolen or how the property was stolen rather than the property’s value. For example, if property is obtained by extortion, it is second-degree grand larceny regardless of the property’s value. Likewise, if the property is an ATM machine, it is third-degree grand larceny regardless of the machine’s value.
What Are the Penalties For Larceny in Long Island?
Petit larceny is a class A misdemeanor that is punishable by up to one year in jail or three years of probation in addition to up to $1,000 in fines. This is the only larceny crime that is a misdemeanor.
Fourth-degree grand larceny is a class E felony, which can lead to a maximum of four years in prison. The penalties are even more serious for the other degrees of grand larceny. Third-degree grand larceny can lead to seven years in prison, and second-degree grand larceny carries a maximum of 15 years imprisonment. The most serious larceny offense, first-degree grand larceny, can lead to up to 25 years in prison.
How Can A Larceny Attorney Help?
The state must meet the burden of proof in order to convict you of larceny. Attorney Gianni Karmily will fight back by identifying weaknesses in the state’s case and presenting evidence to support your case. In some cases, it may also be possible to show that you lacked the intent to commit theft and therefore should not face criminal charges.
Turn to criminal defense attorney Gianni Karmily to fight your theft charges so you can protect your freedom and your future. Each case is unique, so the defense strategy that is used will depend on the nature of the case, but every theft case is defensible with the right attorney by your side.
Contact Our Long Island Theft Lawyer to Schedule Your Free Consultation
Have you been accused of committing a theft crime? If so, seek legal representation from larceny attorney Gianni Karmily right away. Gianni takes great pride in being the voice for the accused. He works tirelessly to help each of his clients fight their charges and reach the best possible outcome in their case. To schedule a free consultation regarding your case, call 516-630-3405 or fill out the form on this website.