Petit Larceny in New York Penal Law, s. 155.25
The lowest theft crime in New York, like merely taking a pack of gum, is a crime! In other words, if you take anything, you are facing up to 1 year in jail. In Ithaca, Wegmans, Target, and Walmart are common places where people are frequently caught stealing.
New York law says: A person is guilty of petit larceny when such person steals ANY property.
Petit Larceny is a Class A misdemeanor.
- Up to 1 year in jail
- Up to 3 years Probation (closely monitored community supervision)
- $0-$1000 fine
- Court surcharges
- A permanent criminal conviction (DNA sample required. DNA fee)
- Community service
If you are accused of stealing in New York, then you should be represented by a local criminal defense lawyer. The penalties for a first offense are incredibly harsh. This crime can be charged if you steal ANYTHING --no matter how small.
This is a crime that requires the District Attorney to prove the identity of the accused person. They must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused stole property. They can use video, photos, eye-witness testimony, and even the admissions of the accused to prove this charge.
The higher the cost of an item, the more serious the crime! Over $1,000 it becomes a Class E felony charge.
If you are accused of Petit Larceny or any other theft crime, call us: 607-229-5184