Shoplifting is a serious crime. If convicted, you could face potential fines, and even jail time. Learn more about theft and shoplifting in New York by watching this educational video provided by Drew Fritsch, an experienced Buffalo shoplifting lawyer.
New York considers theft of items valued under $1,000 to be petit larceny. Petit larceny is an A misdemeanor – something that will appear on your criminal record and that will come up in background checks – punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
In addition, few people know what qualifies as “shoplifting.” You do not have to leave a store with an item you haven't purchased to be charged. If you conceal an item on your person – in a purse or in one of the reusable tote bags becoming popular with shoppers and retailers alike – you can be charged with shoplifting even if you haven't left the store, and if you intended to purchase the item.
You can also face charges in civil court, where the store owner will try to extract further monetary penalties.
- A client charged with shoplifting may not know what type of crime they are facing and its possible penalties.
- New York considers theft of items valued under $1,000 petit larceny.
- Petit larceny is an A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
- Many individuals are surprised that the penalties are so severe, and an attorney may be able to get the charges reduced or even dismissed.
Were you or a loved one charged or arrested for shoplifting? Don't plead guilty until you know all of your options of the charge.
Contact our experienced Criminal Lawyer in Buffalo NY. Drew Fritsch is dedicated to defending your freedom and protecting your future. We offer free consultations and have achieved positive outcomes for countless clients.
If you are being investigated for a crime, contact our law office immediately. Time is of the Essence. Do not talk to anyone about your case except for your attorney.