New York Theft Crimes
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New York is known for having some the harshest laws in the country regarding for theft crimes. The crime of Theft is taking the property of another without their consent. The most common of Theft crimes is Petite Larceny, which is taking another’s property which is valued at $1,000. or less. This crime is considered a misdemeanor, which means it is punishable by up to one year in jail. If the property stolen is valued at over $1,000., the crime would be considered a Grand Larceny, which is a felony. A felony is a crime that is punishable by anything over one year in prison. Both these crimes are covered in New York Penal Law Section 155. If you have been charged with a Theft crime, it is important to seek legal advice. Even if you are innocent, an accusation of Theft can bring significant life changing ramifications. Contact at New York Theft Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. We have offices throughout the New York area, including all the burroughs in New York City, as well as Long Island and Westchester County.
Theft crimes come if many different forms such as:
- Motor vehicle theft
- Credit card theft
- Identity theft
- Identity theft
- Petite larceny
- Grand larceny
Depending what crime you are accused of and the severity of the crime, you may have either been arrested and taken into custody, or issued a Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT). A DAT is every bit as serious as being arrested, even though you are released after being cited. In either case, you will be required to attend your criminal Arraignment hearing. It is extremely important to attend this hearing, or a bench warrant can be issued for your arrest. It is also very important to have a qualified New York Theft Lawyer helping you with your case as early in the process as possible. Your lawyer can formulate a defense, ask the right questions, and negotiate your position with the judge or district attorney.
If you have been charged with a Theft crime, it is important to protect your rights and ensure that your case is handled properly. Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC are ready to help, and will provide you with a free consultation when you contact our office. We have offices in Suffolk County, Nassau County, as well as Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Contact us today at 800.696.9529.