When a person is charged with larceny, they are facing serious consequences and a long road ahead. The state of New York takes any sort of theft very seriously. If you’re charged with a larceny charge, oftentimes it’s going to fall into one of two categories: petty larceny vs. grand larceny; petty larceny being a misdemeanor, grand larceny being a felony. When you get into grand larceny they have different levels based on the value, increasing in severity of the type of felony. Whenever I’m dealing with any type of larceny case, there are always defenses available. The first thing I like to do if I’m dealing with a grand larceny case is I value whatever the property and/or goods, that they’re alleging stolen, are actually worth. If it’s less than they are claiming, that’s one way to have the charge reduced.
Other than that, when you’re dealing with petty larceny, there are many other defenses that may or may not be available. For example, in petty larceny cases, oftentimes, I deal with shoplifters. Shoplifters are often approached by mall security. Mall security, or security guards, are not trained appropriately in how to detain people. If we can find any type of mistake with that, that might be a defense that could help resolve your case in a way that will make you very happy. If you’ve been charged with a larceny charge, it is essential that you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can provide you with assistance in defending your future.
Contact the Law Office of Raji S. Zeidan, P.C. today to schedule a consultation if you are in need of strong legal representation for any criminal defense and personal injury matters.