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Queens Shoplifting Lawyers

Clothing, jewelry, handbags and other fashion accessories are renowned staples of the New York retail scene. Merchants of these and other goods rely on shoplifting laws and prosecutions to protect their inventory and bottom line. If you encounter charges of stealing from retailers, a queens shoplifting lawyer can shepherd you into defeating the charges or limiting the consequences for you.

What is “Shoplifting”?

In New York, shoplifting falls under the umbrella of “larceny.” As in most states, you can be convicted of larceny if you wrongfully take away or keep another’s (the store’s) property with
the intent to deprive the owner of that property. [1]

Actually getting out of the store isn’t required to constitute larceny. The prosecutor can prove your intent to deprive the owner when you hide or take anti-theft devices off the merchandise. Larceny can also happen when you switch price tags. If you know that the employee doesn’t charge you correctly, you must correct the error or else you may face conviction.

While you don’t think of it as strictly “shoplifting,” the Penal Code considers obtaining property by a “bad check” as larceny. Section 190.05 of the Penal Code says you write a “bad check” when you know you lack sufficient funds at the time you present it, you intend or believe at the time you present it that the bank will refuse it, and the bank in fact refuses it. [2] Typically, you don’t have enough in the account, you don’t have one, or you closed it.

Criminal Penalties

The punishment for larceny depends largely on the value of what you’re accused to taking. [1]
“Petit larceny” means you took something small, which means no more than $1,000 in value. It carries maximum penalties of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

For items between $1,001 and $3,000, the shoplifting becomes “Grand larceny in the fourth degree” and subjects you to as much as four years in prison. The maximum confinement rises to seven years for “Grand larceny in the third degree,” where the value ranges from $3,001 to $50,000. Grand larceny graduates to “second degree” thereafter and a maximum 15-year prison term for values up to $1 million.

If you somehow shoplift something worth more than $1 million, you have committed “Grand larceny in the first degree” with imprisonment lasting up to 25 years.

Civil Liability

In addition, there is a civil side to shoplifting. Retailers can bring lawsuits against shoplifters and, if the shoplifter is not older than 16 and is not emancipated, against the parents or guardian. [3] The judgment is the retail price (up to $1,500) unless the merchant gets it back a condition for selling. In addition, you face a civil penalty of the greater of $75 or five times the price of the merchandise, up to a maximum amount of $500.

The retailer can sue without a conviction or charge. Unlike the prosecutor, the shopkeeper need only prove that it was more likely than not that you (or your minor) shoplifted. This is less than “beyond a reasonable doubt” in criminal cases.

Some merchants will try to get you to pay or will allow you to negotiate, even before taking out charges or suing. New York law allows one to hold you upon a reasonable belief that you shoplifted. However, the courts may not look kindly upon demands for payment or signed confessions while they hold you. [4] Thus, don’t feel compelled to sign away rights or admit guilt right then.

Responding to a suit or threatened one doesn’t expose you to a conviction. Section 11-105(12) of the General Obligations Law provides that your testimony in a civil case, the fact that you settled or tried to settle, and anything you say in negotiations cannot be used as evidence in a criminal prosecution. [5]


Many defenses involve the issue of whether you intended to deprive the owner of the merchandise. Since intent is an element of larceny, you don’t have to prove that you lacked larcenous intent.

By virtue of penal law Section 155.15, you can defeat a larceny by trespassory taking prosecution if you possessed a good faith belief that you were entitled to possess or take the merchandise. [6] This “claim of right” may arise, for instance, if a manager or supervisor permitted you to take the item without paying in full. Also, a belief backed with some facts that you met the sale terms may help create reasonable doubt of your intent to shoplift.

Defendants may find themselves the victims of the optics of having shoplifted. A sudden emergency or urgent smart phone call causes you to rush out of the store before paying. Unbeknownst to you, something small falls into your purse. Perhaps your toddler or young child appropriates a toy and leaves the store without paying for it. These and similar scenarios suggest you didn’t intent to unlawfully take the merchandise.

Back to the bad check theory of larceny. You may defend based on the good faith belief that you had enough money in the account to cover the check. Through a bank error, your check was not deposited correctly. Math errors may lead you to a belief your account had enough. Identify or card thieves have raided your funds and you don’t discover it until later, even after you’re charged with larceny.

As a general rule, don’t count on returning the property or payment after being charged for a dismissal or not guilty verdict. However, these gestures might mitigate your sentence.
Talk to one of our shoplifting attorneys about defending or lessening the impact of a shoplifting charge.








Charle Butler
Charle Butler
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
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Mesonista parsons
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
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debabrata chakraborty
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
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Asata Hendricks
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!



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