Grand Larceny is defined as illegally taking the property of another. In New York State the property must be valued at over $1,000.00. This crime is governed by New York Penal Law Sections 155.30 through 155.42. There are four degrees of Grand Larceny, going from Grand Larceny in the 1st degree through Grand Larceny in the 4th degree.
Grand Larceny in the 4th degree is classified as an E Felony would include a theft with a monetary value of $1,000. but not to be higher than $2,999.99 dollars. This category includes crimes such as car theft (must be valued at over $100.), firearm theft, theft of a religious worship item, and stealing a public record. Grand Larceny in the 3d degree is classified as a D Felony, and is the theft of an item valued at $3,000. or more, but not to exceed $49,999.00. Grand Larceny in the 2nd degree is classified as a C Felony. Grand Larceny in the 1st degree involves a theft where the monetary value of the item exceeds $1,000,000.
A New York Grand Larceny Lawyer will explain to you that a charge of Grand Larceny can be based on an accumulation of dollar amounts. For example if someone steals a credit card and charges $1,000. per day for 50 days, the District Attorney can prosecute the defendant for Grand Larceny in the 2nd degree because the cumulative amount of the money taken is $50,000. The ability of the District Attorney to combine amounts over a period of time does not hold true for other crimes, such as Burglary.
When you consult with your New York Grand Larceny Lawyer, they will explain that if you have been charged with this crime, a main goal will be to explore the possibility of a Plea Bargain. The District Attorney will be concerned with the matter of restitution, and may be more lenient when full restitution can be awarded to the victim of the crime. This will accomplish making the victim financially “whole” and the Judge and District Attorney may be more lenient with sentencing.
If you have been charged with the crime of Grand Larceny it is important to contact a New York Criminal Lawyer as soon as you can. It is important to make sure that your rights are protected throughout the Criminal Court process.
Contact the Office of Stephen Bilkis and Associates, where we can offer you guidance and a completely free consultation when you phone us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW. We have offices in New York City, including Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island and The Bronx and in Nassau County, Suffolk County and Westchester County.