When most of us think about theft, we only think about stealing tangible properties like money, television, car, or jewelry. However, theft involves many other things in this capability. As a matter of fact, no one has a better understanding of what it takes than those in this business. A common theft can involve stealing from merchandise. Moreover, theft also involves stealing restaurant services, a cab ride, or any other utility services in any sector. Under the New York Penal Code 165:15, you can be prosecuted with this type of service if you:
1. If you obtain services from a restaurant or hotel and fail to pay for them intentionally,
2. Obtain service by using a debit or credit card that might have been stolen,
3. Obtain subway, railway, taxi, air, bus or any other public transportation service without paying by deceit, stealth, or mechanical tampering,
4. Obtain a utility or telecommunication service by use of a decoder, or tampering the service, fraud, misinterpretation, or the use of revoked or canceled access device,
5. Access computer services without paying for the utility.
Joey and Judy were enjoying a meal at a local restaurant. During that meal, the bill came at an amount that exceeded $150. Because they thought they never wanted to pay for the services, Joey opened up the booth and placed a $10 bill on the table and hides the other one. Joey and Judy casually walk out of the restaurant after paying the $10 bill. Both Joey and Judy can be prosecuted for service theft at the restaurant after pretending to pay the money in full amounts.
1. First-degree criminal tampering: New York Penal Law 145:20
2. Second-degree criminal tampering: New York Penal Law 145: 15
3. Third-degree criminal tampering: New York Penal Law 145:14
For you to face conviction for theft of services, you must have done an intentional action. For instance, you can walk away from the restaurant believing that the other person would pay for your dinner. In this case, you have a defense against this charge.
This type of theft case has two possible outcomes. It can be classified as a Class E felony or a Class A misdemeanor depending on the type of service theft you committed. If theft of service as a violation is what you were caught committing, you are likely to face a jail term of not more than 15 days accompanied with a small fine prescribed by the judge. If you are charged with a class A misdemeanor charge of service theft, you will have a jail term of not less than one year accompanied by a fine. If you are convicted of committing a class E felony for theft of services, you may face a four-year sentence accompanied by a fine.
New York Penal Law 165.15: Theft of services
A person is found guilty of theft of service when:
1. He attempts or obtains a service, induces or attempts to induce a rendered service supplier to agree to pay for the service on credit by use of a credit or debit card that is stolen.
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