Shoplifting

Shoplifting may seem like a minor crime, but having a theft conviction on your record can lead to lifelong consequences. In many cases, a shoplifting charge results from overly-aggressive store security or from misunderstandings. Whatever the facts of your case are, I’ll help you fight back and protect your legal rights. 

Shoplifting Lawyer in New York CityAs an experienced New York City criminal defense attorney, I’ve defended hundreds of clients against shoplifting, theft, and other charges. My approach involves sitting down with my clients to truly listen to them so that I understand the facts of the case. I educate my clients on how the law applies to their case so that they can make the best decision about how to proceed. Together, we’ll come up with a plan for how to defend against these charges, which may include going to trial or negotiating a favorable deal. Whatever your goals are if you’ve been accused of shoplifting, I’ll stand by your side throughout the process to ensure that you get a fair shake and that your legal rights are protected. 

Shoplifting Under New York Law

Shoplifting is a form of theft where a person steals merchandise from a store. It is charged with petty larceny if the value of the goods is less than $1,000.  Scenarios where people get arrested for shoplifting, after demonstrating the intent to steal, include:

  • Placing merchandise in a “booster bag” (a bag lined with aluminum foil, designed to conceal detection of merchandise from electronic security monitors)
  • Removing anti-theft tags from store merchandise
  • Concealing merchandise on the way out of the store with it
  • Switching a price tag with one from less expensive merchandise
  • Coordinating theft with a store employee who doesn’t ring up all the merchandise
  • Group shoplifting where, for example, one member of the group creates a diversion that provides another member with the opportunity to steal

Petty larceny (also called petit larceny) covers a wide variety of crimes under New York law. It can be charged whenever a person steals goods or services from a business or person valued at under $1,000. Charged as a misdemeanor, these crimes are punishable by up to one year in jail. 

The punishment for shoplifting can be harsher than you deserve

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The potential for jail time makes it incredibly important that you consult with a skilled New York City defense lawyer as soon as possible after being charged with shoplifting or petty larceny. Even if you do not believe that this is a major crime, the prosecutor will take it seriously — and you can receive a harsh punishment for it. I’ll take steps to protect your legal rights and ensure that you get the best possible outcome for your case. 

Possibility of A Reduced Punishment

In many cases, the best resolution for your case may be a plea bargain, where you faced reduced punishment in exchange for pleading guilty to either the shoplifting/petty larceny charge or a lesser charge. I’m a skilled negotiator, with the ability to negotiate highly favorable deals based on my knowledge of the laws, experience handling these cases and my understanding of the particular facts of your case. As a New York City shoplifting defense lawyer, my goal is to help my clients avoid jail and to have the charges reduced or dismissed whenever possible. Depending on the facts of your case and whether you have prior criminal history, I may even be able to make a deal for you to plead guilty to a non-criminal charge or to have the charges dropped entirely. In exchange for a favorable deal, you may have to perform community service or complete an anti-shoplifting course such as StopLift.

If the case cannot be resolved through a plea bargain, I’ll aggressively defend you in court. The state has the burden of proving each element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt, and I will hold them to that burden. While I cannot guarantee any outcome in a criminal case, I have a strong track record of success. I’ll use my experience and knowledge to advocate for you and obtain the best possible result. 

Shoplifting Attorney in New York City

With more than twenty years of experience handling New York City criminal cases, I’m highly skilled at defending clients against charges of petty larceny and shoplifting. I’ll develop all possible factual and legal defenses to the charge, and will aggressively negotiate a plea bargain or defend you in court. Contact my office today to learn more about how we can work together to resolve your shoplifting case.