Theft Crime Defense Attorney in New York

Over 11 Years of Defending Theft Cases Throughout New York

Theft crimes in New York are called “larceny” and can vary in nature based on the value or type of property that is stolen. Theft basically boils down to taking, obtaining, or withholding some type of property from its owner with the intention of depriving the owner, whether that is a person, a business, or some other group. Theft can be done in various ways with New York law also setting forth specific types of theft, such as through embezzlement, through extortion, or through false pretenses.

If you have been charged with a theft crime in New York or Manhattan, you can turn to The Law Offices of Michael Chessa PLLC for experienced legal representation. Our firm is committed to providing you with the quality legal assistance needed in fighting to preserve your freedom, your reputation, and your future from the consequences of a theft conviction. Michael Chessa has an abundance of experience in the criminal justice system; as a former prosecutor, he understands how to counteract the legal strategies that the state will pursue for a conviction.

Theft Charges in New York

Theft involves stealing anything of value from someone else. This can include not only money and the goods in retail stores but other personal or real property owned by another. The least serious of theft crimes in New York is designated as “petit larceny,” also known as petty theft. This is based on stealing property valued at $1,000 or less. It is charged as a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Theft can also be charged as “grand” larceny in various degrees, from fourth-degree which is the least serious up to first-degree. 


These charges break down in the following ways:
  • Fourth-degree: property valued over $1,000, a motor vehicle valued at more than $100, credit or debit cards, firearms, or theft of any value accomplished by extortion. It is a Class E felony punishable by up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

  • Third-degree: property valued above $3,000 or theft of an ATM or its contents, charged as a Class D felony punishable by seven years in prison.

  • Second-degree: property valued at more than $50,000, theft done as a public servant, or through extortion. It is charged as a Class C felony carrying up to 15 years in prison.

  • First-degree: Property valued over $1,000,000. It is charged as a Class B felony carrying up to 25 years in prison.

Fines for all of the above theft charges are generally calculated as double whatever the monetary gain was for the stolen property taken in the crime. Prior convictions may also result in increased penalties. 

Shoplifting is also considered as larceny, based on the value of whatever is stolen as shown above. Shoplifters may also be subject to civil penalties by business owners. 


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