Grand Larceny/Theft Defense Attorneys

A conviction ruling in a theft crime in the state of New York can do more than just cause embarrassment, it can cost you your freedom.

Have You Been Accused of Theft or Grand Larceny?

When you need a reliable criminal defense team to defend you against theft accusations, you can count on the team of defense lawyers at Jackson Bergman.  We have successfully handled countless criminal trials and we are known for taking on high-profile theft cases where an experienced criminal defense team is paramount.  Our deep understanding of the tactics used by the prosecution allows our team to prepare a custom tailored defense strategy to provide a strong case in the courtroom.

Our Grand Larceny Defense Lawyers Can Protect Your Rights

It is your right by law to hire a criminal defense attorney the moment you are taken into police custody after being accused of a theft.  Regardless of whether you are charged with a white collar crime, robbery, or identity theft, you could face serious penalties without the assistance of a skilled attorney to help you navigate your case and defend you against charges.  Our dedicated grand larceny defense lawyers at Jackson Bergman have years of experience in defending clients in Binghamton, Ithaca, and surrounding cities against the following theft crimes:

Embezzlement: You often hear about embezzlement charges in the business world and the charges normally stem from the theft of assets or funds that were entrusted to a person. In the state of New York, if you are convicted of embezzlement, you could face as much as 25 years in prison.  The sentence will be determined based upon the amount of money you are accused of embezzling along with other factors.

Extortion: Extortion involves the accused making threats or the use of force to obtain something from another person or business. An extortion conviction could end with up to seven years in prison.

Petit Larceny: Petit larceny is defined as the theft of property which amounts to less than $1,000 and carries a sentence of up to one year in prison.

Grand Larceny: In New York, if you are involved in the theft of property valued at $1,000 or more, it is considered Grand Larceny and comes with much higher penalties.  Depending on what degree of larceny you are charged with, you could face between four and 25 years in prison.

Felony and Misdemeanor Larceny Charges in New York State

Grand Larceny carries a greater sentence and is more complicated than other classifications of theft.  If convicted, it also can carry a greater threat of life changing results.  A felony conviction in New York State will result in a criminal record along with imprisonment of 1-25 years.  This may be accompanied by probation, fines, parole and penalties that can drastically change the course of your life. 

An experienced criminal defense team may be able to lower your conviction from a felony to a misdemeanor with much lesser consequences.  This is why it is imperative that you seek out a qualified criminal defense team as early as possible after charges have been filed or after an arrest has been carried out.

How New York State Classifies Grand Larceny

“Class E” Felony Grand Larceny

A Class E Felony occurs when one of the following criteria are met:

  1. Value of stolen property exceeds $1,000. 
  2. The theft involves a motor vehicle worth more than $100
  3. The item stolen was “used in connection with religious worship in any building or place used as a place of religious worship by a religious corporation” and worth at least $100
  4. The property was stolen with the intent to use it as anaccess device
  5. The materials were stolen with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine
  6. The theft location is from another person (pickpocketing)
  7. The theft was made “by extortion

“Class D” Felony Grand Larceny

Grand larceny in the third degree is considered a Class D felony when the value of the stolen property exceeds $3,000.

“Class C” Felony Grand Larceny

Grand larceny in the second degree is a class C felony when it involves stealing property that is valued at more than $5,000 and may include extortion charges in some cases.

“Class B” Felony Grand Larceny

Carrying the heaviest sentencing, grand larceny in the first degree is a class B felony when it involves the theft of property that exceeds $1,000,000 in value.  In many cases, additional charges will be added to a class B larceny charge.

Sentencing Guidelines for Grand Larceny in New York

When it comes to sentencing for a larceny crime in New York state, there are several factors that can influence the outcome.  These factors include whether the theft was of a violent or non-violent nature and it is also taken into consideration if the defendant has a predicate felon. (Predicate felon indicates the defendant has had a previous felony conviction in the past 10 years.)

"E" Non-Violent Felony

  •   Non Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from no incarceration up to 1 ⅓ to 4 years state prison.
  •   Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from a minimum of 1 ½ to 3 years up to a maximum of 2 to 4 years state prison.

"E" Violent Felony

  •   Non Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 1 ½ to 4 years state prison.
  •   Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 2 to 4 years state prison.
  •   Violent Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 3 to 4 years state prison.
 

"D" Non-Violent Felony

  •   Non Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from no incarceration up to 2 ⅓ to 7 years state prison.
  •   Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from no 2 to 4 years up to 3 ½ to 7 years state prison.

"D" Violent Felony

  •   Non Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 2 to 7 years state prison.
  •   Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 3 to 7 years state prison.
  •   Violent Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 5 to 7 years state prison.
 

"C" Non-Violent Felony

  •   Non Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from no incarceration up to 5 to 15 years state prison.
  •   Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from no 3 to 6 years up to 7 ½ to 15 years state prison.

"C" Violent Felony

  •   Non Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 3 ½ to 15 years state prison.
  •   Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 5 to 15 years state prison.
  •   Violent Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 7 to 15 years state prison.
 

"B" Non-Violent Felony

  •   Non Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 1 to 3 years up to 8 ⅓ to 25 years state prison.
  •   Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 4 ½ to 9 years up to 12 ½ to 25 years state prison.

"B" Violent Felony

  •   Non Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 5 to 25 years state prison.
  •   Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 8 to 25 years state prison.
  •   Violent Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 10 to 25 years state prison.

 

Why You Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Team on Your Side

An experienced criminal defense lawyer knows to collect and present the facts of your case.  They can also respond to behavior and statements of the defendant which could make all the difference when it comes to the difference between a conviction, reduced charges, sentencing or dropped charges. Hiring a team that has been on both sides of the law, as partners Tom Jackson and Ben Bergman both have been, can give you an even greater chance of a positive outcome in the courtroom and a chance to move forward with your life.  As one of the most respected grand larceny defense attorneys in the state, Jackson Bergman is ready to meet with you to discuss the intricacies of your case and make a plan of action to move forward with your case.

You Have Nothing to Lose by Requesting A FREE Case Review from Our Experienced Grand Larceny/Theft Defense Team

Grand larceny charges are not be taken lightly in the State of New York.  Our team of lawyers are highly experienced in representing those accused of theft crimes and our team has an excellent track record of success in defending against such charges.  While we can’t guarantee a similar outcome in every case, we can assure you when you contact Jackson Bergman, you are taking the best step forward in a positive outcome for your case with the goal of allowing you to put this event behind you and move forward with your life.