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. 


  1. Up to 1 year in jail
  2. Up to 3 years Probation (closely monitored community supervision)
  3. $0-$1000 fine
  4. Court surcharges 
  5. A permanent criminal conviction (DNA sample required. DNA fee)
  6. 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

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