Theft is a crime that has been present throughout human history. In New York, there are multiple types of theft offenses, including burglary, robbery, auto theft, extortion, and shoplifting, each of which can carry the potential for jail time and significant fines upon conviction. If you have been arrested or indicted for a theft or stealing offense in New York, it is important to seek legal representation from an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Our attorneys are dedicated to providing strong legal representation to protect your rights and interests.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Patrick Parotta have a wealth of experience defending clients in courtrooms throughout New York. Our firm is known for developing effective criminal defense strategies that meet the unique needs of our clients, which has contributed to our reputation for success in the courtroom. If you are facing criminal charges, contact us now to learn how we can help you.
If you face a criminal charge of theft, let us help you. Individuals and families from across New Y in situations like yours are happy they turned to our law firm because:
More than 30 years of combined experience defending individuals charged with weapons offenses in Staten Island
N.Y. defense attorneys who focus exclusively on representing people accused of crimes
A successful track record that includes numerous criminal trials resulting in dismissals
24/7 availability to respond to your need for legal representation.
If you are facing theft charges in New York, our team is here to provide you with the legal support you need. We are available to assist you in obtaining release from custody and can meet with you at a location that is convenient for you. Contact us now for prompt and effective legal assistance.
Common Types of Theft Cases Our Law Firm Handles
As attorneys with extensive experience in the criminal justice system in New York, we have been on both sides of the table in a wide range of cases involving theft allegations. If you are facing theft allegations, do not hesitate to contact us for the legal support you need.
Some of the types of theft cases the Law Offices of Partick Parrotta handles include:
Possesion of Burglary Tools
Robbery / Armed Robbery
Theft by Deception
Theft by Extortion
Theft of Services
Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition
Computer / Internet Theft
Theft of Property Lost, Mislaid or Delivered by Mistake
Receiving Stolen Goods
The severity of the theft charge you will face may depend on various factors, including the value of the property involved and whether violence was used in the alleged crime.
For example, robbery is a crime of the second degree, but armed robbery a first-degree crime. Shoplifting may be charged as a disorderly persons offense if the full retail value of merchandise allegedly stolen is less than $200. But as the value of merchandise increases, shoplifting finally becomes a second-degree offense if the full retail value of the merchandise is $75,000 or more.
There is often room for negotiation when it comes to punishment for theft crimes, as the penalties can vary greatly. However, it is important to note that prosecutors are responsible for seeking convictions, and they may not necessarily highlight opportunities for individuals to avoid the most severe level of offense. It is important to work with a legal professional to explore all possible options in these situations.
If you have been arrested for theft, it is essential to ensure that your rights are fully protected as provided by law. To do so, it is important to consult with a criminal defense attorney who has experience in New York courts. The Law Offices of Patrick Parrotta offers free consultations and can provide a prompt response to your needs. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
How Our Attorneys Can Help You Fight Theft Charges
A person may be convicted of theft if they take control of another person's property without permission and with the intention of either permanently depriving the owner of access to the property or returning it only after receiving payment or other compensation. It is also illegal to receive stolen property or possess tools that can be used for burglary.
Regardless of the type of theft charges, without a guilty plea, prosecutors must prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt to obtain a conviction.
As a defendant, you have the right to a strong legal defense that challenges the prosecution's case and works towards the best possible outcome. Our attorneys are dedicated to fighting for your rights and seeking a resolution to your case that protects your freedom and your future. We are committed to providing the level of representation that you deserve.
Contact the Law Offices of Patrick Parrotta as soon as possible after an arrest or indictment for theft so we can:
Immediately seek your release from custody on your own recognizance (ROR) or for the lowest bail available.
Begin investigating the charges against you, including determining whether there was police or prosecutorial misconduct, or there are flaws in the prosecution’s case, such as:
Illegal search and seizure
Faulty suspect lineup
Racial, ethnic, socio-economic, gender, sexual orientation, age or other bias
Lack of credible witnesses
Faulty or fabricated testimony
Faulty forensic testing (particularly regarding DNA evidence).
Make pre-trial motions to have the court exclude disputable evidence from further proceedings.
If it becomes necessary to go to trial, our attorneys will present a strong and persuasive defense on your behalf. There are various potential defenses against charges of theft that may result in reduced charges, a lighter sentence, or exoneration, including but not limited to:
Inability to establish ownership of the property in question
Inability to establish the defendant’s possession of the property
False value assigned to property
Lack of intent to permanently deprive the rightful owner of the property
Entrapment, coercion or other inducement by another for the defendant to commit the alleged theft
Mental impairment at the time of the alleged theft that prevented understanding of right versus wrong or the consequences of the defendant’s actions.
Theft cases often involve conflicting accounts of ownership, agreement to transfer ownership, or consent to borrow property. It may be one person's word against another's when it comes to determining these issues, such as whether there was a documented or undocumented sale, or if there was expressed or implied consent to borrow property that was intended to be returned in a timely manner.
In some cases, it may be possible to make restitution to the alleged victim of a theft and convince them to drop the charges. Our attorneys and legal staff are skilled negotiators who are also able to approach these situations with compassion. They can help you explore this option if it is appropriate for your case.
There are many opportunities to have theft charges reduced or dismissed before they go to court, and defendants who go to court for allegations of theft are found not guilty every day.
We may also be able to arrange a plea that leads to Conditional Discharge probation or Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI), either of which may be appropriate for certain nonviolent first-offenders.
Active military members and retirees accused of nonviolent crimes who have been diagnosed with mental illness or who have shown signs of mental illness in front of law enforcement, family members or friends may qualify for the N.J. Veterans’ Diversion program, which allows participants to avoid trial and a criminal record.
If you or someone you care about has been arrested for theft, it is important to get legal help as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Patrick Parrotta, our team of attorneys can begin working on your case immediately to challenge the evidence against you and explore other options for avoiding harsh penalties that may be associated with a theft conviction. Don't hesitate to call us to get the legal representation you need.
Contact Our New York Theft Crime Defense Lawyers Today
If you have been charged with robbery, extortion, shoplifting, car theft, or any other type of theft in New York, it is important to exercise your right to remain silent and seek legal help as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Patrick Parrotta, our team of experienced criminal defense attorneys is ready to provide the representation you need. We will work quickly to prepare a defense strategy that is focused on achieving the best possible legal outcome for you. Don't hesitate to call us for help.
The consequences of being convicted of stealing in New Jersey can be severe and may include harsh punishments and a permanent record as a thief. To protect yourself and your future, it is important to seek legal help as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall offers a free initial consultation to help you understand your options. Contact our office today to speak with an attorney.
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