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Similar to many states in the United States, shoplifting can be called as “larceny” or “theft” even in New York State. When a person obtains, takes or withholds any property of another person with an intention of depriving the other person or entity of a property, then it may be considered as shoplifting. If the prosecutor proves the facts and circumstances which warrant the charge on that person, then he/she may be even charged with commercial burglary.

If a person is found guilty of Petit Larceny and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree, then he/she can be punished up to one year in jail. On the other hand, Grand Larceny and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree are both “E” felonies. If a person is convicted for these crimes then he/she may be punishable by up to four years in prison. In order to be convicted for these crimes, the value of the property must exceed $1,000.

The following table gives an overview of New York’s shoplifting laws and penalties:

Charge Value of property Penalty
Petit larceny (class A misdemeanor) $1,000 or less Up to one year in jail; fine of up to $1,000
Grand larceny in the fourth degree (class E felony) Between $1,000-$3,000 Up to 4 years in prison; a fine not exceeding $5,000 or double the offender’s gain from the shoplifting, whichever is greater
Grand larceny in the third degree (class D felony) Between $3,000-$5,000 Up to 7 years in prison; a fine not exceeding $5,000 or double the offender’s gain from the shoplifting, whichever is greater
Grand larceny in the second degree (class C felony) Between $50,000-$1 million Up to 15 years in prison; a fine not exceeding $5,000 or double the offender’s gain from the shoplifting, whichever is greater
Grand larceny in the first degree (class B felony) More than $1 million Up to 25 years in prison, a fine not exceeding $5,000 or double the offender’s gain from the shoplifting, whichever is greater

A person needs to be aware of the laws and penalties associated with a conviction for shoplifting in New York. A strong criminal attorney can guide you through the entire legal system. We have represented several clients charged with shoplifting in the state of New York. Contact Aditya Surti Esq. at 201-518-6642201-518-6642 to schedule an appointment at the Jersey City Office or at 732-750-1269732-750-1269 to schedule an appointment at the Woodbridge Office. You can also email us at info@surtilaw.com to schedule an appointment. Appointments can be available on weekends and nights and evenings.