Most people presume that theft charges are a fairly simple misdemeanor matter that can be handled in New York Municipal Court. However, depending on the value of the merchandise or property involved, and applicable prior convictions, theft crimes can be charged as felony theft and prosecuted in district court. With shoplifting charges, even removing the retailer’s theft-detection device can be charged as a felony; even if you do not succeed in leaving the store with the merchandise.

If you were video-taped in the act of shoplifting or stealing property in New York, it may be very unrealistic to expect an outright acquittal. However, we may be able to achieve a more favorable result by focusing your defense on negotiations with the prosecution designed to minimize the consequences you face. If surveillance equipment was not a factor, we examine the case closely to determine whether or not the officer had both reasonable suspicion and probable cause to justify your arrest. An improper search or arrest may possibly result in suppression of the evidence and ultimate dismissal of the charges against you. Whatever your situation, we will work tirelessly to get you the best results possible.

Examples of theft-related offenses include:

  • Automobile and motor vehicle theft
  • Burglary
  • Shoplifting
  • Buying, receiving and possessing stolen property
  • Counterfeiting
  • Embezzlement and forgery
  • Identity theft and credit card fraud
  • Insurance and healthcare fraud
  • Misdemeanor and felony theft offenses
  • Larceny and Purse-snatching
  • Receipt of stolen property
  • Welfare fraud
  • White collar offenses
  • Wire fraud
  • Worthless check charges

If you are charged with shoplifting or a related theft crime, you need the representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney with an understanding on how to defend theft charges. Attorney David Schwartz exclusively focuses on criminal defense, and is committed to protecting your rights. Conviction for a theft crime at any level can have serious, life-changing consequences. If you have been charged with a theft crime, contact Mr. Schwartz today and arrange a FREE consultation to discuss your case with him.