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Help! I’ve Been Charged with Shoplifting on Long Island

We’ve been getting a lot of calls from people charged with shoplifting as stores across Long Island, from mall anchors like Lord & Taylor, Macy’s and Bloomingdales to Walmart, Saphora, Joyce Leslie, Target, Kmart, Forever 21, Sears and The Gap. Stores are getting tougher on shoplifting with added security, cameras and security tags in items. Those convicted face serious penalties, including steep fines, possible jail time and potential civil court lawsuits by the merchants. We know that one mistake should not ruin anyone’s future, which is why we aggressively fight for each of our clients and help them get the charges dismissed or significantly reduced.

How We Can Help You

Whether you’ve been wrongly accused of shoplifting, mistakenly took something without even realizing it or made a regrettable mistake, we can help get you the best outcome possible. Our experienced shoplifting defense lawyers will aggressively be on your side and fight your case by fully investigating the circumstances of the incident, making sure the store and the authorities followed the correct protocol and working to find evidence that puts your case in the best possible light.

In New York, shoplifting penalties depend on the value of the property that was allegedly stolen as follow:

 

Value of Stolen Property

Classification

Penalty

$1,000 or less

Petit larceny; class A misdemeanor

Imprisonment up to a year; fine up to $1,000

More than $1,000 and equal to or less than $3000

Grand larceny in the fourth degree; class E felony

Imprisonment up to four years; fine not to exceed the greater of $5,000 or double the offender's gain from the shoplifting

More than $3,000 and equal to or less than $5000

Grand larceny in the third degree; class D felony

Imprisonment up to seven years; fine not to exceed the greater of $5,000 or double the offender's gain from the shoplifting

More than $50,000 and equal to or less than $1 million

Grand larceny in the second degree; class C felony

Imprisonment up to 15 years; fine not to exceed the greater of $5,000 or double the offender's gain from the shoplifting

More than $1 million

Grand larceny in the first degree; class B felony

Imprisonment up to 25 years; fine not to exceed the greater of $5,000 or double the offender's gain from the shoplifting

How We Can Help You

Whether you’ve been wrongly accused of shoplifting, mistakenly took something without even realizing it or made a regrettable mistake, we can help get you the best outcome possible. Our experienced shoplifting defense lawyers will aggressively be on your side and fight your case by fully investigating the circumstances of the incident, making sure the store and the authorities followed the correct protocol and working to find evidence that puts your case in the best possible light.

In New York, shoplifting penalties depend on the value of the property that was allegedly stolen as follow:

When charges can’t be dismissed, there are several avenues we can take to reduce charges and penalties. This may include participating in special education programs, doing community service and paying back the owner. What’s important to realize is our experienced shoplifting defense lawyer has been doing this for more than 25 years and will work out a fair deal that has your best interest in mind.

Long Island Shoplifting Attorney

Our shoplifting defense lawyer will work with you to determine the best legal course of action to take and then work aggressively to get you the best possible outcome. Contact us today and let us start working to help you.

Contact us at (516) 222-4000 or (631) 851-2063

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