New York Theft Defense Attorney
Many people think that if they confess to an accusation of shoplifting and apologize to the store, they will not be prosecuted. However, many of the major department stores in New York will attempt to coerce confessions from you, which can be used against you in a subsequent criminal prosecution. The sooner you contact our offices, the better I can protect your rights in larceny and shoplifting matters.
Any conviction on theft charges will leave you with a permanent criminal record, regardless of the value of what was taken. At the Law Firm of Michael S. Berardino, formerly Mangialardi & Berardino in Hartsdale, New York, I use all of my experience, as well as all available legal tools to protect your rights. My goal is to leave you without a criminal conviction on your record.
In New York, the theft of any property less than $250 in value is petit larceny, which is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison. Theft of property $250 or more in value is grand larceny, a felony charge, punishable by a prison sentence of more than one year. Theft of a credit card (even if not used), as well as burglary and robbery, (regardless of amount taken or value of property), are also felony charges.
There are also unexpected ways a person could be charged with theft. For example, your employer could charge you with theft for forging a doctor's note to obtain sick time or other company benefits. I also defend people charged with employer theft, including embezzlement
If you have been charged with theft or shoplifting in the New York City area, contact The Law Firm of Michael S. Berardino, formerly Mangialardi & Berardino, as soon as possible, locally at 212-983-5677 or 914-618-4167, or Toll Free at 877-776-5584. I believe in defending your rights and your freedom.