New Paltz Shoplifting Lawyer
If you have been charged with taking something from a store in the state of New York, the officer will call the crime “petit larceny” (or “petty larceny”) in the formal charge. This is another word for shoplifting, a misdemeanor crime which, if you are convicted, will remain on your permanent criminal record. You need a lawyer to defend you from these charges.
I have 20 years of experience as a New Paltz shoplifting attorney, and I know that early and aggressive intervention is the key to success. I work diligently on my clients’ cases right from the beginning to ensure that we never miss an opportunity to get a better outcome. My criminal defense and personal injury law firm can help you with your shoplifting charges.
Consequences of Petit Larceny in New York
Although shoplifting might seem like a small crime, it carries serious consequences:
- Possible jail time: It might surprise you to learn that for a petit larceny conviction you could spend up to one year in jail.
- Fines: Often the court imposes fines in addition to the jail time.
- Damaged reputation and job prospects: Employment positions involve trust from the employer, as the employee is given access to the employer’s money and property. For this reason, most employers are reluctant to hire someone convicted of shoplifting.
Criminal Defense Where and When You Need It
I have experience representing clients in most of the local courts where shoplifting charges are frequent. My law firm’s home office in New Paltz is close to The State University of New York (SUNY), so I have a lot of experience defending local students charged with criminal offenses in the New Paltz Town Court. Large nearby shopping centers make the Poughkeepsie Town Court another place where shoplifting charges are frequent.
When my clients call, I am the one who returns the call. I will be your main point of contact throughout the course of representation. You will work with me, not assistants or paralegals.
New York Retail Theft Lawyer Offering Free Consultations
If you are facing shoplifting charges, you might not know what to do next or how to defend yourself. Call me or send an e-mail to my New Paltz criminal defense law firm to schedule a free initial consultation, and I will talk you through the process and let you know what I can do to help.