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Being accused of theft in New York can result in serious consequences that can impact your life and future. If you have been arrested or charged with theft, it is essential to get experienced legal representation to protect your rights and fight for the best possible outcome in your case. At The Law Offices of Mehdi Essmidi P.L.L.C., our experienced New York theft lawyer is here to help.
What is Theft?
Theft is defined as the unlawful taking of another person’s property, with the intention to deprive the rightful owner or custodian of that property. The specific charge and degree of the theft depends on a number of factors, as we’ll discuss below.
New York Theft Crime Laws
In New York, theft can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of the offense. The different theft offenses include:
Criminal Possession of Stolen Property
Criminal Possession of Stolen Property is a crime that involves the accused knowingly possessing or buying stolen property, with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of their possession. This offense carries serious consequences, including fines, jail time and other penalties. In New York State, this type of theft crime is often charged as a felony, although this can vary depending on the value of the property that was stolen.
Identity Theft occurs when someone uses another person’s personal information, such as their Social Security Number or credit card number, to fraudulently obtain goods and services. In New York State, this type of theft crime can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances of the case.
Larceny is a type of theft crime involving the taking or carrying away of another person’s property without their consent. In New York State, larceny can range from petit larceny (less than $1,000 in value) to grand larceny (more than $1,000 in value). This type of theft crime carries various penalties and consequences, including jail time and fines.
Robbery is a type of theft crime that involves the use of force or threat of force in an effort to steal property from another person. The degree of the charges can vary based on a number of factors, including the use of weapons and injuries caused during or in the immediate aftermath of the crime.
Theft of Services
Theft of Services is a type of theft where services are obtained without paying for them. This can include not paying for meals at restaurants, taxi rides, cable television or telephone services and other similar services. This also includes the use of a stolen credit or debit card to obtain services.
Trademark counterfeiting is a form of theft that involves the illegal production, distribution or sale of goods with counterfeit trademarks. This type of theft crime can also extend to software, digital content and other intellectual property.
Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle
Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle occurs when someone takes or uses another person’s vehicle without their permission or consent.
Defenses Against Theft Charges in New York
There are several defenses that may be used against theft charges in New York. The most common defenses include:
Alibi or Mistaken identity
If you have been accused of theft, but you did not commit the offense, you may be able to argue that you were mistakenly identified as the perpetrator.
If you took the property with the consent of the owner, you have a defense against the theft charge.
Lack of Intent
If you took the property without the intention to deprive the owner of it, you may have a defense against the theft charge.
If you were coerced into stealing the property by someone else, you may be able to use duress as a defense.
It’s important to remember that the specific defenses available in your case will depend on the circumstances of the offense. Therefore, it’s crucial to seek legal representation from an experienced New York theft lawyer who can evaluate the case’s unique circumstances and determine the most effective defense strategy.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
At The Law Offices of Mehdi Essmidi P.L.L.C., our experienced New York theft lawyer is here to help you understand your legal options and provide a strong defense against theft charges. We understand that theft charges can be complex and stressful, which is why we will fight for your rights and the best possible outcome in your case. Contact us today for a free consultation. We look forward to helping you protect your rights and freedom.