Robbery, Burglary and Larceny
Theft offenses in New York can run the spectrum from Class “A” misdemeanors for Petit Larceny and Criminal Possession of Stolen of Property worth less than $1000 to Class “B” Felonies for Robbery in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree (both considered violent crimes), and Grand larceny of property worth over One Million Dollars.
Regardless of the type of theft charge it is important to consult with an experienced New York theft offense attorney who has experience in defending theft related crimes such as shoplifting, robbery or burglary.
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The lawyers at Tilem & Associates, led by Mr. Tilem, with nearly 30 years of experience with theft related crimes have the experience, knowledge and skill to achieve the very best outcome for your case.Robbery Defined
Robbery is generally defined as the forcible stealing of property and in New York can lead to a charge of Robbery in the Third Degree which is a class “D” non-violent felony and carries no mandatory minimum sentence to Robbery in the First Degree which is a class “B” violent felony punishable by a minimum of 5 years in State prison.
Factors such as the number of participants in the robbery, whether a weapon is used and what type and whether anyone else is injured and to what extent can affect the actual charges.Burglary Defined
Burglary is generally defined as entering or remaining unlawfully in a building with the intent to commit a crime therein and similarly can lead to a charge of Burglary in the Third Degree which is a class “D” non-violent felony and which carries no mandatory minimum sentence to Burglary in the First Degree which is also a class “B” violent felony punishable by a minimum of 5 years in State prison.
Factors such as the type of building, whether anyone else is injured and whether a weapon is used or displayed and the type of weapon can similarly affect the charges that are filed in Court.
Theft Offenses and Possession of Stolen Property vary in degree based upon the value of the money or property stolen or possessed. Stealing or Possession of property or money worth less than one thousand dollars generally will lead to a misdemeanor charge punishable by a maximum of one year in jail while stealing or possessing property or money valued at more than one million can result inbeing charged with a “B” Felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
Contact one our Westchester based criminal defense lawyers for a free consultation today. There are many exceptions to these general rules. The stealing or possession of a stolen credit card can always result in a felony charge and stealing of property from the person of another, such as pickpocketing can result in a felony charge without regard to the amount of money stolen.
Theft has very specific definitions and requires the prosecutor to prove the intent of the accused and other elements. It is essential that a person who is charged with a theft related offense contact an experienced criminal attorney who is familiar with the charges at the earliest possible time. Certain defenses may apply to a theft case, and a criminal defense lawyer may be able to file a motion seeking to have charges dismissed or evidence suppressed.
At Tilem & Associates, PC we have the experience, skills and knowledge to fight your Robbery, Burglary or Larceny case. Contact us to day to discuss the facts of your case.