Petit Larceny involves a theft of a good or service with a value of less than $1,000.00. The crime of Petit Larceny is enunciated in the Penal Law section 155.25. Any New York Petit Larceny Lawyer will tell you that if the value of the theft does exceed $1,000.00 it is Grand Larceny. Petit Larceny is one of is most frequently broken Criminal Laws in New York. In retail stores, Petit Larceny is often referred to as Shoplifting. Most often Shoplifting is perpetrated by teenagers or young adults and is incredibly costly. Along with Security, it is one of the single biggest line items in any Department Store’s loss prevention budget.
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If you are arrested for Petit Larceny in a Department or Retail Store, The Security Team in the store may tell you that you are required to sign a confession or you will not be released. They are legally allowed to hold you until the Police arrive. However, they cannot force you to sign anything and you should not. They are not Police and they work for the store. So, whose interest are they trying to protect? Tell them you want to speak to a Criminal Lawyer. Even after the Police arrive, sign nothing, admit nothing and ask to speak to a Lawyer. They may tell you that they have the theft on videotape but that might not be the truth. Either way, your New York Petit Larceny Lawyer will have the right to “discover” that information or get a copy of the videotape when you are in Court. We reiterate that they will not let you go if you sign a confession.
Many times in a Shoplifting case there is more than one person taken into custody. The Security Officers or the Police will separate you from the other alleged suspects. They will then tell you that the other suspect has confessed and has implicated you. Do not fall for this tactic. Do not confess to anything since it makes it harder to defend your Shoplifting case. Again we reiterate; do not confess and ask to speak to your New York Shoplifting Defense Lawyer. Call Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti, LLP at (914) 772-3166 for a consultation with a larceny or shoplifting lawyer from our office. Contact us now. We are available to defend you in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Manhattan, Queens, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Nassau and Suffolk County in Long Island and in both New York State and Federal Court.