Nassau County Shoplifting Lawyer
Shoplifting charges are often far more damaging than people think, which is why if you’ve been charged with shoplifting, you need a Nassau County shoplifting lawyer on your side. Contact the Law Office of Jacob A. Rudman to learn more about shoplifting charges in NYS and how our legal team can help you fight them.
Do I Need a Nassau County Shoplifting Lawyer?
If you’ve been caught shoplifting, you are most likely now facing a multitude of serious penalties, and our experienced Nassau County criminal defense lawyer is here to fight those penalties on your behalf. Pairing with a Nassau County criminal defense attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected through every step of the process ahead.
Shoplifting Defined Under NY Law
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, such as by concealing the item on your person, you can be charged with shoplifting.
Consequences of Shoplifting in New York State
There are various potential penalties you may face for a shoplifting conviction. In most cases, the consequences you may face will depend on the dollar value of the item stolen. The penalties for shoplifting charges in New York State are as follows:
- Property valued at $1,000 or less: Petit larceny, a Class A misdemeanor, entails up to 1 year of incarceration and a potential $1,000 fine.
- Property valued between $1,000-$3,000: Grand larceny, a Class E felony, entails up to 4 years of incarceration and a potential $5,000 fine (or double the dollar amount stolen, whichever is greater).
- Property valued between $3,000-$50,000: Grand larceny in the third degree, a Class D felony, entails up to 7 years of incarceration and a potential $5,000 fine (or double the dollar amount stolen, whichever is greater).
- Property valued between $50,000 and $1 million: Grand larceny in the second degree, a Class C felony, entails up to 15 years of incarceration and a high fine.
- Property valued at greater than $1 million: Grand larceny in the first degree, a Class B felony, entails up to 25 years of incarceration and a high fine.
Potential Defenses Against Shoplifting Charges
When someone is accused of shoplifting, they should understand that there is still hope in fighting the charge with an experienced Nassau County shoplifting lawyer on their side. Depending on your situation, we may use any one of the following defenses:
- You didn’t realize that you were stealing the item
- There was a case of mistaken identity
- You intended to pay for the item
- Failure to produce discovery
- The accusations were false
Contact a Nassau County Shoplifting Lawyer
If you are facing theft charges of any kind, you can depend on our firm to fight for the best outcome possible on your behalf. Contact the Law Office of Jacob A. Rudman today to schedule your initial consultation with our experienced legal team.