Theft Crimes Attorney in Commack, New York
My office provides criminal defense for people accused of all types of theft crimes, ranging from misdemeanor petty theft to felony embezzlement. We represent many accused first-time offenders, as well as accused repeat offenders, throughout the Metro New York – Long Island area. These include juveniles in both criminal court and family court facing theft charges for burglary or auto theft. Juveniles can be charged as adults and sent to criminal court or charged as juveniles and sent to family court. Proper representation can make a difference in where they are prosecuted.
If you have been arrested for theft, contact the Law Office of Joel R. Salinger P.C. immediately. Early representation can make a big difference in the charges filed against you and the outcome of the case. In some cases, criminal defense attorney Joel Salinger can negotiate reparations and get the state attorney to drop the charges before filing.
Passing bad checks, shoplifting and petty theft are the most common theft crimes committed by first-time offenders, often by teens. Sometimes a theft or embezzlement is a symptom of a psychological problem or of a drug or gambling addiction. That is why our investigation of your defense looks beyond just the facts in a police report to the broader circumstances, building the case for an effective defense or argument for an alternative sentence.
If you are a licensed professional, a theft conviction could have long-lasting consequences for your professional license. A shoplifting conviction or theft crime on your record can cause problems with obtaining or renewing a professional license.
Nassau and Suffolk County Shoplifting / Petit Larceny Attorney
Shoplifting is defined as a person taking an item or items from a store without purchasing the items first. If the items in question are valued at less than one thousand dollars, you may be charged with petit larceny also called shoplifting, a Class A Misdemeanor in New York. Punishments for Class A Misdemeanors range from community service, probationary periods, fines, or up to one year in jail.
If you are caught shoplifting, the offense is your first shoplifting and the merchandise is valued at less than a certain amount, the district attorney in many cases, will offer to reduce the charge from a misdemeanor to an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal if you complete a one-day program called Stoplight. This means the charges will be dismissed as long as you stay out of trouble for six months.
Whether a simple mistake or oversight on your behalf or a case of mistaken identity, Joel Salinger will aggressively fight for you.
If the merchandise is valued above a certain amount or if the shoplifting offense is not your first, then you likely will have to do community service for the charges to be reduced to a violation, which is not a crime and will have to pay a fine. If you have been charged with shoplifting or another theft, such as passing bad checks, contact this office as soon as possible. Due to the uncertain nature of punishment, it is best to request the assistance of our law offices soon after the incident so we can best serve you. Don’t plead guilty to an offense without first consulting Joel Salinger, a lawyer with tremendous experience defending shoplifting cases and other theft cases. Whether a simple mistake or oversight on your behalf or a case of mistaken identity,