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Rockland County Theft Lawyer

Criminal Defense Attorney in Rockland County, NY

Theft is the generic term for when an individual intentionally takes another person's property through fraud without the person's consent to either use it or sell it. Theft crimes include the following:

  • Larceny
  • Burglary
  • Shoplifting
  • Embezzlement
  • Fraud
  • Pick-pocketing
  • Purse snatching
  • Identity theft

Theft crimes range from misdemeanors to felonies and their severity depends largely on the amount of money or property involved. Other factors that influence the charges include how the money or the property was obtained and what kind of property was involved, such as deadly weapons, motor vehicles or religious articles.

What is larceny?

Larceny occurs when an individual takes, obtains or withholds the money or property of another person without his or her permission to keep it, pass it to a third party or deprive the original owner of it. Larceny can be committed in many ways including by false promise, writing a bad check and acquiring lost property. Larceny charges range from class A misdemeanors to a class B felony.

Petit larceny occurs when individual steals certain property valued at $1,000 or less. It is the least serious of larceny charges and is a class A misdemeanor. Grand Larceny in the fourth degree, a class E felony, occurs when an individual steals property worth over $1,000 or particular property including secret scientific material, a credit or debit card or a firearm.

The difference between petit larceny and grand larceny also involves the way in which the property is taken. If the property is taken by extortion or directly from someone else's person, the charge is a felony and not a misdemeanor. The most serious crime, grand larceny in the first degree, occurs when an individual steals property worth over $1,000,000. It is a class B felony and punished harshly by federal and state law.

Rockland County Former Prosecutor

It may be in your best interest to seek the assistance of a Rockland County criminal defense lawyer from the Law Office of Brian Berkowitz as quickly as possible if you have been arrested and charged with a theft crime. Theft crimes are punished harshly by state laws, and I can personally guide you through the criminal justice system. I worked as a prosecutor and have even trained other prosecutors as an Assistant District Attorney at the Rockland County District Attorney's Office. Because I know how prosecutors build cases, I am skilled at creating strong defenses and diligently representing my clients in the courtroom. I handle both felonies and misdemeanors and there is no theft crime too big or too small for me to handle. If you have been arrested and charged with a theft crime, complete a free case evaluation today or contact a Rockland County theft attorney from the firm to learn more about your legal options.

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