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Experienced Theft Crime Defense Attorneys Contact Us If You Face Petty Theft Charges.

LONG ISLAND Petty Theft Lawyer

What Is Considered Petty Theft?

Theft of property valued at $1000 or less is classified as "petit larceny," or petty theft, and is charged as a Class A misdemeanor according to New York Penal Code § 155.25. If convicted a person could face:

  • Up to 1-year in jail
  • Up to $1,000 in fines

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. 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? As a former Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County, our attorney has 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 attorney today and find out how we can help you. We offer free initial case evaluations!

How to Handle a Petite Theft Case

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.

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

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 O’Brien Law Group, LLC

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.

If you or a family member has been charged with petty theft, contact us as soon as possible for a free case analysis.

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