Theft Offenses Lawyer in Nassau County, New York

Theft Offenses

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Theft Offenses

Richard Hochhauser is a former Nassau County prosecutor who is experienced in all aspects of criminal law. As an ADA, he prosecuted thousands of criminal cases, including those involving DWI, DUI, hit and run, drug possession and sale, assault, domestic violence, larceny, financial fraud, ID theft, and many others. He is an experienced criminal trial attorney having successfully tried numerous cases to verdict. As a Nassau County Criminal Defense Attorney and a seasoned trial lawyer, Richard won’t hesitate to hold the government to its burden, and force the prosecutor to prove that they have a case. If you or a loved one is charged with a criminal case in Nassau County, know that your case is in capable hands with Nassau County Criminal Attorney Richard Hochhauser.

Theft Lawyer in Nassau County, New York

Being accused of theft or Grand Larceny in New York is a serious crime that carries harsh punishments for people who are convicted. If accused of theft in NY, depending on the nature of the crime and value of the property stolen, you will be charged in NY under Article 155 or Article 165 of the NY Penal Law and can face expensive fines and long jail sentences.

If you or a loved one has been accused of theft or Grand Larceny in New York and is currently being charged with a criminal offense, it’s crucial that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Nassau County to fight your charges. A conviction for theft or Grand Larceny in NY can not only land you in jail, but it can also make finding future employment and housing difficult.

At the Law Office of Richard Hochhauser, we represent clients in Nassau County who have been accused of theft. If you or a loved one is being charged with theft or Grand Larceny in NY, contact us today to discuss the details of your case. Our team of knowledgeable attorneys can help you beat your Grand Larceny case or if that is not possible, we’ll fight to have your charges reduced.

Grand Larceny and felony theft lawyer in New York

Larceny is a legal term to describe the act of wrongfully withholding or depriving property of another human being. Grand Larceny can come in many forms, including but not limited to shoplifting, extortion, embezzlement, and any other scheme used to take something that is not rightfully yours. What determines the criminal charge is the value of the property that was stolen. If it is impossible to determine the value of the object that was stolen, then the value will be the amount it costs to replace the item/s.

Charges for theft can range from Petit Larceny misdemeanor charges to Grand Larceny felony charges. Listed below are some of the different types of larceny charges in NY and their penalties:

  • Grand Larceny in the fourth degree: The value of the theft is above $1,000 and less than $3,000. This crime is considered a class E felony and is punishable with up to four years in prison, although there is no mandatory prison time unless you are a repeat felon, in which case the minimum prison time you will receive is one and a half to three years. You can also expect community service hours, expensive fines, and probation for up to five years.
  • Grand Larceny in the third degree: The value of the theft is more than $3,000 but less than $50,000. This is a class D felony that carries a prison sentence between two to seven years as well as community service, fines, and probation. If you already have a felony on your record, you’re looking at a mandatory two to four years in jail.
  • Grand Larceny in the second degree: The value of the theft is more than $50,000 but less than $1,000,000. This is a class C felony that carries penalties between five and fifteen years in jail, as well as fines and probation. If you are a predicate (a person who’s been convicted of a felony over the past 10 years), then there is a mandatory minimum of three to six years.
  • Grand Larceny in the first degree: The value of the theft is greater than $1,000,000. This is the most serious theft charge in New York. It carries a mandatory prison sentence from one to three years in prison, with the possibility of an eight to twenty-five year sentence. If you are a predicate, you can face mandatory minimum sentences between four and a half and nine years.

As you see, New York does not take theft and larceny crimes lightly. If you or a loved one is being accused of any type of larceny crime in NY, you should contact a knowledgeable theft charge attorney in Nassau County to fight the charges. Don’t risk being convicted and losing your freedom.


What is a crime of moral turpitude?

Grand Larceny and theft crimes in NY are called crimes of “moral turpitude” because they are part of a category of crimes that are vaguely defined as depraved, immoral, or reprehensible. While this might not sound like it means much, being convicted of a moral turpitude crime can have dire consequences in your life.

For example, for immigrants or students in the U.S studying or working on a visa, a conviction of a moral turpitude crime could severely complicate their visa and lead to deportation in the worst cases. Also, for people who work in the financial sector, a conviction of a theft crime could raise issues with their professional licenses and prevent them from working.

Finally, a conviction for a crime of moral turpitude could complicate getting any job since you will have a felony charge on your record. That’s why you must hire a qualified Grand Larceny and theft attorney in Nassau County who can investigate the specifics of your case and help you prepare a defense.



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At the Law Office of Richard Hochhauser, we have years of experience representing people accused of DWI and Aggravated DWI crimes in Nassau County. We understand the best strategies for building a case, and we’re not afraid to defend your rights in court. For a free consultation with our knowledgeable Nassau County DWI defense attorney, give us a call today at (516) 939-1529 or contact us online.

Defending your Grand Larceny and felony theft charge in New York

At the Law Office of Richard Hochhauser, we defend clients who’ve been accused of felony theft and Grand Larceny charges in Nassau County. Over the years, we’ve helped hundreds of clients fight to have their theft charges dismissed or reduced in New York. For a free consultation and case review with our criminal defense attorney in NY, call us at (516) 939-1529 or write to us here online. We are available 24/7 to discuss your case. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you with your case.