New York City Shoplifting Lawyer

Experienced Defense Against Shoplifting Charges in New York

In the bustling streets of New York City, shoplifting incidents can be all too common. If you face shoplifting charges, it's crucial to have a knowledgeable and skilled legal team to help ensure your rights are protected. At Gannes & Musico, LLP, we are here to provide dedicated legal representation for individuals accused of shoplifting. Our criminal defense attorneys understand the complexities of shoplifting cases and are dedicated to confidently helping you navigate the legal process.

Call Gannes & Musico, LLP today at (877) 803-2603 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our shoplifting attorney in New York City.

What is Shoplifting?

Shoplifting, often referred to as retail theft, involves unlawfully taking merchandise from a store with the intention of depriving the merchant of its value. Shoplifting can take various forms, such as concealing items, altering price tags, or attempting to leave the store without paying for goods. In New York City, shoplifting is considered a serious offense and may result in substantial legal consequences if convicted.

What are the Penalties for Shoplifting in New York?

The penalties for shoplifting in New York can differ based on factors such as the value of the stolen merchandise, prior criminal history, and the case's specific circumstances. In general, shoplifting is categorized as petit larceny or grand larceny, both of which carry their own set of penalties:

  • Petit Larceny: When the worth of the stolen goods is under $1,000, the offense is typically charged as petit larceny. This is a class A misdemeanor, which can lead to penalties including fines of up to $1,000 and a possible jail sentence of up to one year.
  • Grand Larceny: If the value of the stolen merchandise exceeds $1,000, the offense may be charged as grand larceny, ranging from a class E felony to a class B felony. The penalties can include fines of varying amounts and potential imprisonment ranging from one year to over 25 years, depending on the degree of the offense.

In addition to these legal penalties, a shoplifting conviction can have lasting impacts on your personal and professional life, including damage to your reputation and difficulties finding employment.

Defenses Against Shoplifting Charges

Possible defenses against shoplifting charges may include the following:

  • Lack of Intent: Shoplifting charges hinge on proving intention to deprive the store owner of the merchandise. We can work to demonstrate that there was no intent to steal or that there was a misunderstanding.
  • False Accusations: Mistaken identity or false accusations can sometimes lead to unjust charges. We can thoroughly investigate the circumstances and gather evidence to support your innocence.
  • Illegal Search and Seizure: If your rights were violated during the search or seizure process, evidence obtained may be inadmissible in court. We can examine the search details to ensure your rights are protected.
  • Mitigating Factors: Our attorneys will present any relevant mitigating factors that could lead to reduced charges or penalties. This may involve demonstrating remorse, restitution, or participation in a theft prevention program.

Contact Our New York City Shoplifting Attorney Today

If you or a loved one are facing shoplifting charges in New York City, don't navigate the legal process alone. The effects of a conviction can be very severe, but with the right representation, you can protect your legal rights and work towards a favorable outcome. Our shoplifting defense attorneys at Gannes & Musico, LLP are devoted to providing personalized and effective legal counsel for every client.

Contact Gannes & Musico, LLP today to get in touch with our New York City shoplifting lawyer.

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