White Plains Theft Attorneys
Vigilant Defense for Theft Charges in NYC, Westchester & surrounding areas
A theft conviction often carries serious consequences that can affect your future. These crimes vary from misdemeanors to felonies, but a majority of these charges can result in fines and even jail time. No matter how big or small your theft charge might be, it is critical that you seek experienced and dedicated defense counsel.
Our legal team at Portale Randazzo LLP is committed to advocating for those charged with theft, and if we represent you, we will tirelessly work to protect your rights and challenge the allegations against you. Our award-winning team of White Plains theft crime defense attorneys not only has decades of legal experience but includes a former Westchester County prosecutor as well. We are familiar with our local court system and know how to anticipate the challenges our clients will face in these cases.
Types of Theft
There is no one "theft" statute in New York. Instead, there are many criminal laws that address various circumstances in which it is suspected that an individual took property or money that did not belong to them.
Some of the most common theft charges in New York include:
- Petit Larceny
- Grand Larceny
- Auto theft
The Penalties for Theft
New York law defines several offenses involving theft. Because the prohibited conduct for these crimes differs in severity, so too do the potential conviction penalties. Some are misdemeanors, and others are felonies. Regardless, being found guilty can lead to incarceration and/or fines.
A few theft crimes and the associated penalties include:
- Petit larceny: If someone steals something valued at less than $1,000, they may be charged with a class A misdemeanor. A conviction could result in up to 364 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
- Computer trespass: Knowingly accessing a computer or a computer network without permission and with the intent to commit a felony is a class E felony. The punishments for this level of offense include imprisonment for up to 4 years and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
- Welfare fraud: This offense occurs when a person uses deception to receive benefits they're not entitled to and the value of the benefits is more than $3,000. The offense is a class D felony, punishable by up to $5,000 in fines and/or up to 7 years in prison.
- Second-degree robbery: If a person forcibly takes another's property and they have one or more accomplices, they cause physical injury to someone not involved in committing the offense, they have a firearm on them, or they steal a vehicle, they can be charged with this crime. Second-degree robbery is a class C felony. The conviction penalties include a fine of up to $5,000 (or an amount higher than the defendant's gain) and/or a prison sentence of up to 15 years.
- First-degree grand larceny: Taking property valued at more than $1 million is considered first-degree grand larceny. This class B felony is punishable by up to 25 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 (or an amount higher than the defendant's gain).
It is essential to the success of your case to consult with a Westchester County theft crime defense attorney as early on as possible for help understanding your charges and your options for defense. Our firm understands the stakes in these cases and how to protect you from maximum penalties both in and out of the courtroom.
We offer confidential case evaluations for all of prospective clients. Contact us todayto request one.
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