Larceny is another word for theft. In other words, larceny means taking the property of someone else without that person’s permission.
What Must Be Proven in a Grand Larceny Case
If you are being charged with grand larceny charges, there are four main elements that must be proven in order for the state to obtain a conviction against you. First, you must have attempted or successfully committed the unlawful taking and carrying away of property or money.
Second, the unlawful property or money that the convicted person took and carried away will have been someone else’s property. Third, the property that the convicted individual took or attempted to take wil have been taken or attempted to be taken without the consent of the owner of the property or money. Finally, the attempt or successful taking of the property or money must have been with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of that money or property.
In the state of New York, grand larceny and larceny in general are considered white-collar crimes. Every state treats larceny differently, and many states divide the crime up and make certain distinctions between the degrees of theft. There are four degrees of grand larceny in the state of New York.
1. NY penal law Section 155.42: Grand Larceny in the First Degree
Grand larceny in the first degree in New York means stealing property that has a value exceeding $1 million. In the state of New York, grand larceny in the first degree is considered a B class felony, and it can be punishable up to 25 years in prison.
2. NY Penal Law Section 155.40 (1): Grand Larceny in the Second Degree
Grand larceny in the second degree in New York means stealing property that has a value exceeding $50,000. In the state of New York, grand larceny in the second degree is considered a C class felony, and it can be punishable up to 15 years in prison
3. NY Penal Law Section 155.35: Grand Larceny in the Third Degree
Grand larceny in the third degree in New York means stealing property that has a value exceeding $3000. In the state of New York, grand larceny in the third degree is considered a D class felony, and it can be punishable up to seven years in prison.
4. NY Penal Law Section 155.30 (1): Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree
Finally, grand larceny in the fourth degree in New York means stealing property that has a value exceeding $1000. In the state of New York, grand larceny in the fourth degree is considered an E class a felony, and it is punishable up to four years in prison.
How Attempted Crimes Differ
It’s important to note that attempted crimes are considered differently than successful crimes. One degree of charge is dropped when the crime is only an attempt.
For example, if you were convicted of successfully stealing $5000, you would be convicted of grand larceny in the third degree. On the other hand, if you only attempted to steal $5000, you would only be conducted of grand larceny in the fourth degree because one level of charge would have been dropped.
A Trusted Lawyer Can Help
If you are facing charges of grand larceny, a reputable lawyer can help you. This is true no matter how much you are convicted with taking or what the circumstances were.
It’s not sure that a criminal defense firm or criminal defense lawyer can guarantee a specific outcome for you, but with that being said, there are numerous criminal defense attorneys that have obtained great results for accused clients. Talk to a lawyer today to look at your options.
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