THEFT, LARCENY & GRAND LARCENY in New York
Many people charged with theft crimes are good, productive citizens who made an unfortunate mistake, and deserve a second chance rather than a permanent criminal record and jail time. Moreover, sometimes innocent people get wrongly accused of theft crimes based on false allegations or misleading evidence.
Our New York theft crimes attorneys have succeeded in getting charges reduced or dismissed in such cases as Petty Theft, Grand Theft, Identity Theft, Appropriation of Lost Property, Receiving Stolen Property, Burglary, Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Firearm, Theft of US Mail, Auto Burglary and Embezzlement.
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In New York theft or larceny crimes are penalized according to the monetary value of the property involved.
Theft as Petit Larceny.
The lowest-level theft offense in New York is called “petit larceny,” sometimes referred to as petty theft, which is the unlawful taking of property or services valued at no more than $1,000. New York law classifies petit larceny as a class A misdemeanor.
(N.Y. Penal Law § 155.25.)
A sentence for conviction of a class A misdemeanor in New York may include imprisonment for a term not to exceed one year and a fine not to exceed $1,000.
(Penal Law § 70.15, § 80.05(1).)
Theft as Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree.
If the value of the property or services stolen exceeds $1,000 or if the property is a credit/debit card, firearm, or any type of motor vehicle, or a few other specific types of property then the offense is grand larceny in the fourth degree, which is a class E felony under New York law.
(N.Y. Penal Law § 155.30.)
Conviction of a class E felony in New York carries a potential sentence of imprisonment for a term not to exceed four years, and a fine not to exceed the greater of $5,000 or double the amount of the offender’s gain from the theft.
(Penal Law § 70.00(2)(e), § 80.00(1).)
Theft as Grand Larceny in the Third Degree.
If the value of the property or services stolen exceeds $3,000 or if the property is an ATM (automated teller machine) or the monetary content inside the machine then the offense is grand larceny in the third degree, which is a class D felony in New York.
(N.Y. Penal Law § 155.35.)
A sentence for conviction of a class D felony will include imprisonment for a term not to exceed seven years, and a fine not to exceed the greater of $5,000 or double the amount of the offender’s gain from the theft.
(Penal Law § 70.00(2)(d), § 80.00(1).)
Theft as Grand Larceny in the Second Degree.
If the value of the property or services stolen exceeds $50,000, or if the offender obtains the property through certain types of extortion, the offense is grand larceny in the second degree, a class C felony. (N.Y. Penal Law § 155.40.)
The potential sentence for a class C felony in New York is imprisonment for a term not to exceed 15 years, and a fine not to exceed $15,000.
(Penal Law § 70.00(2)(c), § 80.00(1).)
Theft as Grand Larceny in the First Degree.
If the value of the property or services stolen exceeds one million dollars, the offense is grand larceny in the first degree, a class B felony.
(N.Y. Penal Law § 155.42.)
The sentence for a class B felony in New York includes imprisonment for a term not to exceed 25 years, and a fine not to exceed $30,000.
(Penal Law § 70.00(2)(b), § 80.00(1).)
Civil Penalties for Theft in New York
In addition to criminal penalties for larceny (as described above), a person who commits shoplifting in New York (or the parent or legal guardian of a minor who commits shoplifting) may be held civilly liable to the store owner or the merchant for the following:
- the retail price of the merchandise, if not returned in a sellable condition, in an amount not to exceed $1,500, plus
- a penalty not to exceed the greater of five times the retail price or $75, with a cap of $500.
(N.Y. Gen. Oblig. Laws § 11-105.)
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