Proven Skill With Theft Charge Defense
In Albany, New York, there is a wide array of criminal charges that involve different types of theft. Theft crimes can be misdemeanor or felony offenses, and the punishments range from paying a fine to probation supervision to serving a lengthy period of incarceration.
The Capital Region boasts two large shopping malls: the 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.
In Albany, New York, and the surrounding areas, common theft crimes include:
- Petit larceny – Theft of a product or service with a value of less than $1,000
- Grand larceny – Theft of a product or service with a value of greater than $1,000
- Issuing a bad check – Knowingly issuing a check when the drawer knows there are insufficient funds in the associated account
- Theft of services – A failure to pay for services or goods rendered
- Possession of stolen property – Knowingly possessing stolen property with the intent to benefit someone 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
I have successfully handled hundreds of theft cases in Albany and the surrounding counties. 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)
I Do What It Takes
My office does all we can to prevent or mitigate the consequences of a theft conviction: a criminal record, fines and penalties, possible jail time and difficulties in the future in your personal and professional life. In many cases, I can get charges dismissed or reduced to noncriminal charges.
If you have been charged with any type of theft, schedule a free consultation by calling 518-783-3800 or email me directly.