Theft Case Lawyer

Your Upstate NY Theft Lawyer
Your Upstate NY Theft Lawyer

Your Theft Case Lawyer

Theft charges in New York are complicated. Theft cases often involve a wide array of criminal offenses that involve different punishment ranges. Theft cases in New York also involve charges that can classify as either a felony offense or misdemeanor offense.

Knowing how to represent you in this case could mean quite a difference of the overall final verdict. Our experienced theft lawyers are just what you need to be able to determine the best strategy for your theft case.


New York Penal Code of Law describes the term “THEFT” as following under two different categories; either Grand Larceny or Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. Some big charges include:

  • Grand Larceny – Theft of property over $1,000.
  • Embezzlement – Theft of funds or assets entrusted to you.
  • Extortion – threatening or forcing someone to obtain property from another.
  • White Collar Crimes – Including forgery, fraud and identity theft.

In New York, the most common theft crimes are often “Petit Larceny” and “Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree.” These two offenses are quite similar and even punishable by up to one year in jail. However, petit larceny involves the wrongful taking of property while criminal possession of stolen property simply means the possession of stolen property even if you did not take part in the theft. Petit larceny additionally involves the theft of property less than $1,000.

Theft crimes include a wide array of charges which equally lead to a discrepancy in sentencing guidelines. For example, shoplifting and grand larceny do not include the same punishment ranges. Instead, punishment range depends largely on the nature of the offense. Theft crimes fall into the following categories:

Classification of Theft Crime – Crime and Punishment

Each punishment range for any theft crime is dependent upon many factors in the eyes of the court. Charges are dependent on the facts surrounding the case, and may be less than what is apparent. New York courts often allow for alternative sentencing such as probation and community service except in the egregious theft cases. Here is a list of NYS theft-related crimes:

“Type A” Misdemeanor – Shoplifting and Petit Larceny. Up to one year in jail.

“Type E” Felony – Embezzlement, Credit Card Theft, or other larceny involving theft over $1,000 but under $3,000. Up to four years in prison.

“Type D” Felony – Embezzlement, Extortion or other theft above $3,000 but not more than $50,000; Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree. Up to seven years in prison.

“Type C” Felony – Grand Larceny in the Second Degree for property between $50,000 and $1,000,000; Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Second Degree; Mortgage Fraud in the Second Degree. Up to fifteen years in prison.

“Type B” Felony – Grand Larceny in the First Degree for thefts over $1,000,000; Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the First Degree; Mortgage Fraud in the First Degree. Up to 25 years in prison.

Below is a list of counties we deal with extensively, building court relationships to foster success.

Albany County NY Lawyer

Dutchess County NY Lawyer

Hamilton County NY Lawyer

Saratoga County NY Lawyer

Washington County NY Lawyer

We handle all collection matters, including felonies and misdemeanors paying the utmost attention to the very smallest details.

Please contact us with any questions you may have at 518-283-1245.