Have you been arrested for a theft charge? The penalties for this charge can be harsh and leave you worried about your future. There are things that you can do to avoid these penalties. Here is what you should know.
Theft Charge | Robbery
In New York, if you’re facing a robbery charge, you’re facing a felony. Could be a violent felony offense as well. A robbery is an unlawful taking of someone else’s property, very often by force, sometimes with the aid of another or sometimes with a weapon or a dangerous instrument. If you’re charged with a robbery in the state of New York, you’re looking at state prison. If you have a prior criminal record, that can also enhance your penalties. If you’re charged with a felony in New York that is a robbery, set up a consultation with me and we’ll go over your facts and circumstances.
Theft Charge | Shoplifting
In New York, when you’re charged with shoplifting, you’re actually charged with a Petit Larceny. It’s a Penal Law violation, it’s a crime, and it will be prosecuted by the prosecutor’s office in whatever county you’re in. In some counties, they very vigorously prosecute those charges. Other prosecutors are more interested in diversion and helping that person so they will not commit that crime again.
Depending on what county you are charged in will depend on the strategy that I employ in defending you. I’ve handled many of these cases through the decades. I’d be more than happy to discuss your case with you.
Theft Charge | Juvenile Theft
A juvenile that’s charged in New York would be prosecuted depending on the severity of the charge either in the family court or the criminal court. If it’s a low level theft, it would be handled in the family court. While they’ll be prosecuted, their likelihood of being severely punished is limited to their age and the severity of the crime.
The court is most interested in the best interest of the child in having the child not have a repeat offense. If your child is charged with a juvenile offense in the state of New York or city of New York, please call our office today for a free consultation with our NYC criminal defense attorney Carl Spector.