What To Do If You've Been Arrested On Long Island For Petit Larceny (Shoplifting)
Shoplifting is officially called Petit Larceny in New York State. It’s a Class A misdemeanor, which means some of the potential punishments can include a fine, probation or up to one year in jail. You can be charged with Petit Larceny for non-shoplifting crimes as well. Any time someone takes property that does not belong to them, and it is valued at up to $1,000, they can be charged with Petit Larceny.
A lot of people don’t take these crimes seriously, thinking “it’s just shoplifting” or “it’s just a misdemeanor”. You should definitely not take this charge lightly. While a misdemeanor charge is certainly less serious than a felony charge, in New York State you will still be arrested and fingerprinted. If the case is not disposed of in a manner that result in a sealing of the record, you will now have a “rap sheet” that could potentially follow you around for the rest of your life.
After your arrest, there will be an initial arraignment where a judge can either release you on your own recognizance or set some amount of bail. You want to make sure to have an experienced criminal defense attorney standing next to at your arraignment to make sure that your rights are protected from the very first court appearance.
Make sure you immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your options. Glenn Kurtzrock has handled hundreds of Petit Larceny cases, including taking several to trial. He believes there is no such thing as a small case, and he will take your case seriously.
Call for a free initial consultation today so Glenn can start working on your case right away. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 631-539-1640, and our website is at KurtzrockLaw.com. Our reasonable rates and payment plans ensure that everyone can get quality and aggressive legal representation.
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