Petty Theft Defense Lawyer in Long Island
What is Considered Petty Theft in Suffolk County?
New York is less harsh on convicted first time petty theft offenders, but that does not mean a Petit Larceny charge is 'petty' or inconsequential. Theft of property valued at $1000 or less is classed as petty theft, and is a misdemeanor. What needs to be fully understood are the consequences of having a petty theft charge on your record.
Searching for an attorney for a petty theft case in Long Island? Dennis O'Brien and Geoffrey Prime are founding attorneys at Prime & O'Brien, LLP. As former Assistant District Attorneys in Nassau County we have a clear understanding of both sides of the system. It isn't the scope of the offense itself that creates the problem – it is the resulting stain on one's character that will have profound consequences in future activities.
Speak with our criminal attorneys today and find out how we can help you. We offer free initial case evaluations!
How to Handle a Petit Theft Case
Often these petit larceny offenses are a result of an act of poor judgment caused by factors such as:
- Peer pressure
- Effects of alcohol
- Mental health issues
People are understandably embarrassed and intimidated by the prospect of standing before a judge and receiving a sentence. It may seem that the best course of action is to plead guilty, do the community service and pay the fine in order to put this experience in the past. We wouldn't recommend this as necessarily being in your best interests.
The court will consider past offenses if you find yourself in another criminal matter in the future. Future employers and professional membership associations may require a background check. There is no crystal ball that can tell you what the future will hold, but as former prosecutors, we can advise you that retaining the services of a Long Island theft crime attorney to defend you against these charges is your best insurance against making a mistake that will badly affect your future.
Fight Your Charges Today. Call Prime & O'Brien, LLP
If you or a family member has been charged with petty theft, contact us as soon as possible for a
free case analysis. You have nothing to lose, as the first consultation is free. We can give you an honest assessment of your chances for successfully having these charges dismissed or greatly reduced, or achieving an acquittal when the case goes to trial.