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Theft Crimes & NY Law

New York City Shoplifting Attorney

Theft Crimes and New York Law

If you have been arrested for shoplifting in the metropolitan New York City area, you will likely be charged with two offenses. These offenses include petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. At the law offices of Lance Fletcher, you can talk to a New York City shoplifting lawyer in a consultation to learn what is involved with your case and what can be done to aggressively defend you. Without an adequate defense, you may be facing the future with a permanent criminal record as well as a civil law suit from the retailer.

Petit Larceny

Petit larceny is codified under section 155.25 of the Penal Code. It has a short and simple definition, which is that you are guilty of this offense when you steal property. No monetary or value assessment for the stolen property is given in the Penal Code, which means that even something stolen worth less than a dollar could be classified as petit larceny. Intent is a very important factor in the matter of a theft crime. If you did not have the purpose or conscious objective to steal an item, this may be a very relevant factor in your defense.

Possession of Stolen Property

Criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree is codified under section 165.40 of the Penal Code. This offense is defined as "knowingly" possessing stolen property with the purpose of benefitting oneself or someone other than the property owner or with the intent of impeding the property owner from recovering it. The relevant issue here is the knowing possession of the stolen property. Whether you knew or didn't know the property was stolen plays an important part in your defense.

In any case of shoplifting charges which result in a Desk Appearance ticket, you will need an attorney. Retaining the services of one who has experience and results in handling these types of tickets and who consistently appears in New York courts can be a major factor is how your case is resolved. Our firm has the experience and proven results you need.

Contact the New York City shoplifting attorney if you are facing theft charges today.

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