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Overview of the Shoplifting Laws in New York State

In the state of New York, the criminal act of shoplifting is prosecuted as larceny. Depending on the value of the goods that were stolen, one could either be charged with petit or grand larceny. In addition to facing criminal penalties, the defendant could also be sued by the merchant in civil court for damages. For this reason, it may be in your best interest to retain the help of a Livingston County criminal defense lawyer from Van Allen & Hoffmann, LLP as soon as you have been arrested. Depending on the value of the stolen property, you could be facing anywhere from one to 25 years of imprisonment.

What are the penalties for petite and grand larceny?

If you have been arrested for shoplifting, the penalties you stand to face will be determined by the value of the property that was allegedly stolen.

Below is an overview of the penalties that could be imposed:

  • Stolen Property Valued at $1,000 or Less - This is considered to be petit larceny, a Class A misdemeanor. The penalties may include up to one year of imprisonment and a fine as high as $1,000.
  • Stolen Property Valued at $1,000 – $3,000 - This is considered to be grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. The penalties may include up to four years of imprisonment and a fine as high as $5,000.
  • Stolen Property Valued at $3,000 – $5,000 - This is considered to be grand larceny in the third degree, a Class D felony. The penalties may include up to seven years of imprisonment and a fine as high as $5,000.
  • Stolen Property Valued at $50,000 – $1 Million - This is considered to be grand larceny in the second degree, a Class C felony. The penalties may include up to 15 years of imprisonment and a fine as high as $5,000.
  • Stolen Property Valued at $1 Million or More - This is considered to be grand larceny in the first degree, a Class B felony. The penalties may include up to 25 years of imprisonment and a fine as high as $5,000.

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After being arrested for a serious theft offense like shoplifting, it is imperative that you move quickly to discuss your case with a Livingston County criminal defense attorney from Van Allen & Hoffmann, LLP. Our dedicated legal team has been protecting the rights of the criminally accused for more than 50 years combined, so you can trust that your future will be in capable hands when you turn to our firm for help.

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