Working Diligently To Prevent Minor Inconveniences From Becoming Major Problems
Shoplifting is one of the most common theft crimes. While shoplifting is rarely a violent crime, it can lead to significant consequences if handled improperly. Criminal defense attorney Jeffrey DeRoberts of the DeRoberts Law Firm thoroughly understands how the criminal justice system operates and how to successfully navigate through it. He uses his experience and strong litigation skills to develop a solid defense and prevent your relatively minor crime from negatively impacting both your personal and professional future.
Helping You Understand What Will Happen During Your Shoplifting Case
Shoplifting cases are typically impulse crimes of opportunity. According to the New York State Police, roughly 24% of shoplifters are teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17. The thrill of defying authority coupled with a potential to get caught lead many bored individuals to commit theft crimes. Other shoplifting incidents result from situations of desperation and a need to support a family or addiction.
Under New York law most shoplifting crimes result in class A misdemeanor petit larceny charges. Petit larceny is defined as stealing property worth less than $1000. Property is a broad term that encompasses anything that is provided for compensation, including:
- Personal or real property
- Computer data
- Anything of value such as gas, water or electricity
While shoplifting crimes almost never rise to the level of violent felonies, misdemeanor convictions on your record still pose a threat to potential educational and career opportunities in the future.
Penalties For Shoplifting Crimes Can Be Severe
A petit larceny conviction is punishable by up to $1000 in fines and one year in jail. Penalties for shoplifting crimes depend upon the value of the goods stolen. Grand larceny felony shoplifting penalties include fines of up to $5000 or double whatever the defendant gained, whichever is greater. Prison sentences can range from four to 25 years. You may also face civil charges from the merchant or owner of the property.
In some cases, if you are a first-time offender or commit a low-level theft, you may be eligible for a diversion program that involves community service and/or restitution. We provide comprehensive shoplifting defense counsel and take the time to analyze each aspect of your case from witness testimony to store surveillance footage. Don’t let a minor crime have long-lasting negative impacts to your personal and professional reputation.
Contact An Attorney With A Proven Record Of Success Achieving Favorable Results
Whether you’re a first-time offender facing a petit larceny shoplifting charge or have significant felony grand larceny charges pending, the criminal defense legal team at the DeRoberts Law Firm is committed to providing a high level of legal service with integrity and professionalism. Send us an email or call us at 315-479-6445 to schedule a free consultation. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.