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Theft Crimes in New York State

In New York State, there is a wide array of criminal charges that involve different types of theft.  Theft crimes can be misdemeanor or felony offenses with punishments ranging from paying a fine, probation supervision, to serving a lengthy period of incarceration.

The Capital Region boasts two large shopping malls, Colonie Center and Crossgates Mall.   Mall Security and local Police Departments routinely accuse and arrest a multitude of crimes related to theft.  The District Attorney then prosecutes these individuals, who in many circumstances were arrested because of a mistake, oversight, or misidentification, to the full extent of the law.

New York State defines common theft crimes as the following:

Petit Larceny – theft of a product or service with a value of less than $1,000.00

Grand Larceny – theft of a product or service with a value of greater than $1,000.00

Issuing a Bad Check – knowingly uttering a check when drawer knows there are insufficient funds with the drawee to cover it

Theft of Services – a failure to pay for services or goods rendered

Possession of Stolen Property - knowingly possessing stolen property, with intent to benefit himself or a person other than an owner thereof or to impede the recovery by an owner thereof

Robbery - forcibly stealing property by threatening the immediate use of physical force upon another person

My Law Office has handled hundreds of theft cases in the Capital Region and surrounding counties with successful results.  No theft case is the same.  There are countless explanations for individuals being charged with theft crimes, such as:

  • Psychological disorders, such as kleptomania or psychotic episodes
  • Drug addiction
  • Boredom, immaturity and/or poor judgment
  • Conspiracy or coercion by a friend or accomplice
  • Overzealous security guards who misinterpret observations and presume shoplifting where none was intended (such as when a shopper carelessly puts an unpaid-for item in a coat pocket in a store, or unknowingly leaves the store with unpaid merchandise on the bottom of a shopping cart.)

If you or someone you know has been accused of shoplifting, passing a check with insufficient funds, unlawfully taking services without paying (such as cable television or heating), or forcefully stealing from an individual, experienced criminal defense attorney, James E. Tyner is prepared to provide the top caliber representation and a strategic defense that you seek. My office assists clients in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and several other counties in New York through aggressive criminal defense strategies in defense of people charged with serious theft crimes. 

Do all that you can to prevent or mitigate the negative consequences that a theft conviction can bring: a criminal record, fines and penalties, possible jail time and difficulties in the future in your personal and professional life. 

The Law Office of James E. Tyner, PLLC has helped many people charged with theft crimes and in many cases get their charges dismissed or reduced to non-criminal charges. 

If you have been charged with any type of theft, schedule a free consultation by calling 866-642-3807 or contact us online.