Shoplifting is generally charged as a petit larceny misdemeanor in New York. It is pronounced petty larceny. This is usually when the value of the stolen goods is $1,000 or less. In some cases, when the amount of the property allegedly stolen is low, a first-time offense of shoplifting may be reduced to a disorderly conduct charge. Further, a first time offender may be given a shoplifting desk appearance ticket dat. However, if the shoplifter steals large amounts or goods of large value, and if he or she is a repeat offender, the charge may be increased to a grand theft or grand larceny felony. Some NYC Retailers that are known to employ loss prevention staff and fully prosecute individuals suspected of shoplifting at their retail establishments are Macy's, Sephora, Bergdorf Goodman, Century 21 and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Shoplifting negatively affects everyone. Many businesses fail due to losses connected with shoplifting and customers of retail stores that stay in business often have to pay more for goods, subsidizing the cost of what shoplifters steal. Most retail stores and businesses will prosecute shoplifters to the fullest extent of the law. Shoplifting includes many types of actions, including changing tags on goods to get them at a lower price, concealing items, moving items to different racks or places in the store, refund fraud, and using illegal forms of payment.
Let a New York City (NYC) Shoplifting Lawyer Help You
If you or someone you know has been charged with shoplifting in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island or Queens, it is highly recommended that you consult with criminal defense lawyer Michael Redenburg. Having a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney in your corner can go a long way in minimizing the negative consequences of shoplifting charges. You may be facing jail time, fines, community service, and may be ordered to pay restitution. Often, convicted shoplifters are prohibited from entering the place of business or retail store where they committed the shoplifting offense. Also, being arrested for shoplifting and being charged may give you a criminal record which can negatively impact your future.
If you are a teenager and you are convicted of shoplifting as a first offense, you may be able to obtain alternative sentencing, as in a diversion program. This may involve paying restitution and doing community service.
Whatever the circumstances are, whether you are facing a misdemeanor or felony charge, it is important that you have competent legal representation, which you will find with criminal defense attorney Michael Redenburg. Call (212)240-9465 for a consultation today.