Charged With Theft In New York? You Need A Skilled Criminal Defense Attorney.
Any accusation of stealing can be serious and disastrous to the future of the accused. Therefore, an experienced criminal defense lawyer is critical to mitigating potential penalties.
In New York, the act of stealing something, or more specifically, taking something that does not belong to you with the intent to permanently deprive the rightful owner of that property is called “larceny.” The larceny statute is codified in New York Penal Code Article 155. Larceny has five separate degrees – a defendant’s charge will depend on the value of the stolen property.
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John Buza is an experienced Manhattan criminal defense attorney with decades of experience handling theft and other criminal matters in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island.. John has become a nationally recognized trial attorney who has both prosecuted and defended serious cases, including theft offenses, drug trafficking, murder, and more.
If you or a loved one is accused of any theft crime, do not hesitate to contact the firm for a free consultation.
What The Prosecution Must Prove
Almost without fail, a District Attorney’s Office will also bring charges of criminal possession of stolen property in conjunction with the applicable larceny charges. This means that if a person steals someone’s wristwatch, they will not only be charged with stealing the watch (larceny), but also be charged for possessing the recently stolen watch (possession of stolen property). So one act equals two charges. Criminal possession of stolen property is codified in Penal Code Article 165.
In order to obtain a larceny conviction, the prosecution must prove the following:
- The person wrongfully took, obtained, or withheld property from its rightful owner.
- The person did so with the intent to deprive another of the property or to appropriate the property to himself.
- The value of the stolen property exceeds the designated amount for the alleged degree of larceny.
In order to obtain a criminal possession charge, the prosecution must prove:
- The person knowingly possessed stolen property.
- The person did so with the intent to benefit himself or a person other than the owner of such property or to impede the recovery of such property by an owner.
- The value of the property exceeds the designated amount of alleged degree of criminal possession.
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All forms of larceny and criminal possession of stolen property are crimes that could carry both prison sentences. In addition, criminal convictions may carry severe collateral consequences. As a former prosecutor, John Buza has unique experience handling these cases from both sides.
Call 212-349-2200 or contact the firm online to arrange a free consultation with a proven Manhattan theft crime attorney today.