Charged With Grand Larceny Or Felony Theft?
Talk To A Bronx Grand Larceny Defense Attorney
Grand larceny can take many different forms and can range from the theft of a thousand dollars to stealing millions. Just as the crimes can vary, so can the punishments. However, even fourth-degree grand felony convictions are felonies, which come with serious consequences, including prison time, heavy fines, probation, and a mark on your permanent record.
At the Law Offices of Jason A. Steinberger, our legal team is committed to helping those charged with grand larceny to protect their rights and secure the best possible outcome for their case. We will do all that we can to learn about the details regarding your case, get unfair charges dismissed, and make certain that you are treated fairly and justly under the law. We offer those who have been charged with grand larceny a free meeting and case review with defense attorney Jason Steinberger. To schedule your private meeting, please call our offices at (718) 585-2833.
What Is Grand Larceny?
Very simply, grand larceny is the theft of property that is valued over $1,000, while misdemeanor theft is for crimes that involve less than $1,000 of property. In New York, if a person is alleged to have taken property or possessed property that he or she did not have lawful dominion over, and the value of the property exceeded $1,000, then the he/she will be charged with a felony theft case. If the value is less than $1,000, then the person will be charged with a misdemeanor.
Stealing can take several forms, including:
- Fraud (false promise)
- Issuing a bad check
- Taking lost property
Likewise, the property that can be stolen in grand larceny cases can include a range of items other than money and material property, including:
- Credit cards and debit cards
- Public benefit cards
- Access devices used for telephone services
- A service or a ticket for a service
- A cable service
- Secret scientific material
The Four Degrees Of Grand Larceny
Although all grand larceny charges are considered felonies, there are four levels of charges, as follows:
- Grand larceny in the fourth degree is a Class E felony, the lowest form of felony. These cases involve the theft of property valued at more than $1,000 but less than $3,000. This is the most common grand larceny charge, and can result in up to four years in jail for first-time offenders. However, first-time offenders may also receive a sentence that combines probation with fines and community service.
- Grand larceny in the third degree is a Class D felony punishable for up to seven years in prison for first-time offenders or a combination of probation and fines. This charge is reserved for those accused of stealing more than $3,000 but less than $50,000.
- Grand larceny in the second degree is a Class C felony that is used when someone allegedly steals between $50,000 and $1 million. It is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
- Grand larceny in the first degree is a Class B felony reserved for those who are charged with stealing or embezzling over $1 million. First-time offenders face a minimum of one to three years in jail and up to 25 years in jail, while repeat offenders may see between 4.5 and 25 years in jail.
The Consequences Of A Grand Larceny Conviction
The court system takes theft very seriously – and the more that was stolen, the greater the consequences. In addition to prison and fines, a person convicted of grand larceny may also face immigration issues, employment issues, and voting issues. Those with theft convictions may also struggle with problems related to their reputation, with family, friends, and employers questioning their morality, trustworthiness, and character.
For these reasons, it is vital that you and your criminal defense attorney navigate your case thoughtfully and get charges dismissed or reduced when possible.
Get Legal Help From Defense Attorney Jason A. Steinberger
Jason A. Steinberger is a former New York State criminal prosecutor who has both prosecuted and defended those arrested for felony theft and grand larceny cases. He is also a former adjunct law professor who has an intimate familiarity with Section 155 of the New York Penal Code, which deals with theft and larceny.
If you are considering getting the help of a criminal defense lawyer who can help you with your case, call the Law Offices of Jason A. Steinberger today. We offer free, private consultations to those facing grand larceny charges, and we are here to help. To request your meeting today, please call (718) 585-2833 or fill out our online contact form.