Shoplifting charges are often far more damaging than you might think. If you face charges of shoplifting, please read on, then contact an experienced Nassau County shoplifting lawyer to learn what you should know about shoplifting in the state of New York.
What penalties do you face for shoplifting in New York?
By and large, your charges will depend on the value of the items you allegedly stole. The greater the value, the greater the penalties. The penalties for shoplifting and theft offenses are as follows:
- Petit larceny: Property valued at $1,000 or less, a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to a $1,000
- Grand larceny in the fourth degree: Property valued between $1,000 and $3,000, a class E felony punishable by up to 4 years in prison and a fine up to $5,000 or double the offender’s gain
- Grand larceny in the third degree: Property valued between $3,000 and $50,000, a class D felony punishable by up to 7 years in prison and a fine up to $5,000 or double the offender’s gain
- Second Degree Grand Larceny: Property valued between $50,000 and $1 million, a class C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine up to $5,000 or double the offender’s gain
- Grand larceny in the first degree: Property valued at greater than $1 million, a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a fine up to $5,000 or double the offender’s gain
You should also note that you may also face civil liability to the store owner.
How does New York define shoplifting?
The first thing you should understand is that in New York State, you do not have to leave a store with a stolen item to be charged with shoplifting. If a store owner can prove that you had the intent to steal an item from their store, i.e. concealing the item on your person, you can be charged with shoplifting.
How can you defend against shoplifting charges?
When someone accuses you of shoplifting, you should understand that you still have hope in fighting the charges. First, you should reach out to a skilled Nassau County criminal defense attorney. Your attorney will present the following defenses:
- Lack of criminal intent
- Mistaken identity
- You intended to pay for the item
- Failure to produce discovery
- False accusation
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