Hauppauge Criminal Defense Attorneys Represent Those Accused of Theft and Robbery Crimes
Long Island law firm defends clients against charges of burglary and larceny
If you have been charged with a theft crime, it is important to seek skilled and seasoned defense as soon as possible. The attorneys at the Hauppauge law firm of Reynolds, Caronia, Gianelli & La Pinta, P.C. have more than 30 years of combined experience representing defendants charged with theft crimes in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Whether you have been arrested for robbery, burglary, shoplifting or larceny, our dedicated legal team protects your rights and fights for your freedom.
Understanding theft under New York law
There are many types of theft and crimes related to theft, but in New York, they are all considered larceny. Larceny is any taking, obtaining or withholding of property from its rightful owner when there is intent to deprive the owner of that property. Charges are based on the alleged amount stolen, the type of goods or services taken, and the method of theft that a defendant is accused of. Therefore, the penalties can vary widely depending upon certain circumstances.
Types of larceny and associated penalties
Petty theft, or petit larceny, is the taking of good or services valued at $1,000 or less. Grand larceny is the theft of goods or services valued at more than $1,000. When a vehicle is stolen, the crime may be called auto theft or grand theft auto. Shoplifting may be charged as petty theft or larceny depending on the value of the items stolen. Larceny charges become increasingly more severe when the value of the goods or services reaches or exceeds certain levels: $3,000, $50,000, and $1 million. Accordingly, penalties range from under one year in jail and a fine of less than $1,000 up to a prison sentence of 25 years and a fine of $30,000.
Burglary crimes and charges
When someone knowingly enters or remains in a building with the intent to commit a theft crime, the charge is burglary. Burglary can be a first-degree, second-degree or third degree-crime depending on certain circumstances, such as the use of a weapon. Certain charges related to burglary may be reduced to a misdemeanor. Penalties range from misdemeanor punishments up to Class B felony punishments. The most serious penalties for burglary are prison sentences of five to 25 years.
Robbery under New York law
Robbery is the forcible stealing through the immediate threat or use of physical force. The least serious charges are a Class D felony, carrying a penalty of two to seven years in prison. Armed robbery or robbery that causes serious physical injury can result in a Class B felony charge, leading to a possible prison sentence of five to 25 years.
The effect of previous convictions on current theft charges
Prior felony convictions against a defendant typically result in more serious charges for subsequent crimes. This means that even a relatively minor theft crime can result in serious penalties if you have been previously charged and convicted. An experienced Central Islip criminal defense attorney can help you understand the charges against you and work to get those charges reduced.
Contact a Hauppauge criminal defense firm for immediate assistance
If you have been arrested or charged with robbery, burglary or larceny, you need the help of an experienced defense attorney. At the law firm of Reynolds, Caronia, Gianelli & La Pinta, P.C., we have decades of experience successfully representing criminal defendants. Call us now at 631-231-1199 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.