Westchester County Petit Larceny Lawyer Answers: What is Petit Larceny?
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Petit Larceny is a crime frequently seen in the state of New York, and is often seen in relation to the offense of Shoplifting. More often than not, young adults and teenagers are arrested and accused of the crime of petit larceny.
Retail stores in Westchester County, NY take the crime of petit larceny seriously and are more than willing to prosecute someone even for something of minimum value or price. Over the years, our Westchester Petit Larceny defense attorneys have assisted countless people charged with the crime of petit larceny. In some cases, the person has been prosecuted for single items such as a t-shirt or a pair of sunglasses.
Petit Larceny is defined under NY Penal Law section 155.25. The crime involves the theft of a service or good, that has a monetary value of less than $1,000. Petit Larceny is categorized as a class "A" misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is a criminal offense and may be punishable by up to one year in jail. If you were to be found guilty of petit larceny, you would have a criminal record that can follow you for life.
When a person is arrested for Shoplifting in Westchester County, store security will detain you until the police arrive. This is legal, so do not be alarmed. Also, while they are detaining you, they will typically ask you to make a statement or even sign a written confession. Under no circumstances should you give a verbal or written statement to security personnel or to the police. Even if they make promises that they won't prosecute or contact the police, you should exercise your right to remain silent. Instead of giving them a statement that they may later use against you, insist that you speak with your Westchester Petit Larceny defense lawyer.
If you have been charged with a Petit Larceny or any other theft crime, including Robbery, burglary, Grand Larceny, identity theft or Embezzlement, it is important to contact the Westchester County Petit Larceny attorneys of Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP.
From the beginning, we will work to protect your rights and start building an aggressive strategy to challenge the charges and defend you.
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