Charged with Larceny/Shoplifting in New York?

Don’t Let a Criminal Larceny or Shoplifting Charge Ruin Your Life!

Under New York’s criminal laws, Larceny is synonymous with Theft. If you have been charged with Larceny, Grand Larceny, Petit /Petty Larceny, it means that the State of New York alleges that you have stolen something. A shoplifting offense is charged as a larceny crime. The degree with which you are charged depends on an estimate of the value of that property.

If you made a mistake, don’t beat yourself up. We can try to fix the problem with the minimum penalty possible. Everyone makes mistakes, and does things they regret.

And or course, if you aren’t guilty, then it is important for the courts to hear your side of the story and get the facts right. I know it is frustrating to be accused of something you didn’t do, but the New York criminal justice system is messy and imperfect. But sometimes you have to fight just to defend yourself against false charges.

Whatever happened, you deserve fair treatment by the courts. I will work to give you that fair hearing, and an opportunity to fix the case as best we can.

How to Beat a New York Shoplifting/Larceny Charge

There are many successful challenges to a larceny arrest.

For shoplifting cases, we may be able to dispute intent to shoplift, if it was inadvertent, and you meant to pay for the item.

For first offense New York shoplifting charges, some county courts have special education programs for shoplifters. You may be able to participate in a program and get your charges reduced or dismissed.

In some larceny cases, we can argue mistaken identity, and make the prosecutor prove that it was you. Witnesses are often unreliable and inaccurate.

In other cases, the best option is to negotiate hard for a fair plea deal for  dismissal in exchange for restitution, or a reduction in charges down to a less serious penalty.

Either way, you may not be treated fairly without a lawyer defending you, and who is willing to take a case to trial if necessary.

Don’t plead guilty to any criminal charge like shoplifting or larceny without consulting a qualified, experienced New York criminal defense lawyer. A defense lawyer who’s represented people faced with larceny or shoplifting in New York courts will know exactly what a fair deal is, what isn’t.

Call (888) 435-4744 to speak with an attorney for your free legal consultation on larceny or shoplifting charges in New York.

NY Larceny Laws & Penalties

Grand Larceny Penalties in New York

The degree and seriousness of a larceny charges is based on the value of the items, goods or services stolen.


Grand Larceny Charges – NY Penal Code Classification Value
Grand Larceny in the First (1st) Degree – 155.42 B Non Violent Felony over $100,000
Grand Larceny in the Second (2nd) Degree – 155.40 C Non Violent Felony Between $50,0001 and  $100,000
Grand Larceny in the Third (3rd) Degree – 155.35 D Non-Violent Felony Between $3001 and  $50,000
Grand Larceny in the Forth (4th) Degree – 155.30 E Felony Between $1001 and $3000


Petit / Petty Larceny / Shoplifting Penalties in New York

Shoplifting is typically a petty larceny offense under New York laws.

Petty Larceny (Petit Larceny) is the charge for stealing items valued at $1000 or less.

Under New York Penal Law (155.25) Petty Larceny is a Class A Misdemeanor.

Free Legal Consultation on Larceny & Shoplifting Laws in New York

Call us to talk about your criminal larceny, grand larceny, petty larceny, or shoplifting charges in New York state. We provide a free consultation on criminal defense laws and penalties to anyone accused of a crime. Call (888) 435-4744 now for some free advice from an experienced defense lawyer.

You deserve strong representation and fair treatment under the law!

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