Grand Larceny/ Theft Defense Attorneys

Have You Been Accused of Theft or Grand Larceny?

When you need a reliable criminal defense team to defend you against theft accusations, you can count on the team of defense lawyers at Hinman, Howard & Kattell. We have successfully handled countless criminal trials where a defense team is paramount. Our deep understanding of the tactics used by the prosecution allows our team to prepare a custom tailored defense strategy to provide a strong case in the courtroom.

Our Grand Larceny Defense Lawyers Can Protect Your Rights

It is your right by law to hire a criminal defense attorney the moment you are taken into police custody after being accused of a theft. Regardless of whether you are charged with a white collar crime, robbery, or identity theft, you could face serious penalties without the assistance of a skilled attorney to help you navigate your case and defend you against these charges. Our dedicated defense lawyers at Hinman, Howard & Kattell have years of experience in defending clients in Binghamton and surrounding cities against the following theft crimes:

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Embezzlement

You often hear about embezzlement charges in the business world and the charges normally stem from the theft of assets or funds that were entrusted to a person. In the state of New York, if you are convicted of embezzlement, you could face as much as 25 years in prison. The sentence will be determined based upon the amount of money you are accused of embezzling along with other factors.

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Extortion

Extortion involves the accused making threats or the use of force to obtain something from another person or business. An extortion conviction can result in a lengthy state prison sentence.

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Grand Larceny

In New York, if you are involved in the theft of property valued at $1,000 or more, it is considered Grand Larceny and comes with much higher penalties. Depending on what degree of larceny you are charged with, you could face up to 25 years in prison.

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Petit Larceny

Petit larceny is defined as the theft of property which amounts to less than $1,000 and carries a sentence of up to one year in jail.

Felony and Misdemeanor Larceny Charges in New York State

Grand Larceny carries a greater sentence and is more complicated than other classifications of theft. If convicted, it also can carry a greater threat of life changing results. A felony conviction in New York State will result in a criminal record along with imprisonment of 1-25 years. This may be accompanied by probation, fines, parole and other penalties that can drastically change the course of your life.

An experienced criminal defense team may be able to lower your conviction from a felony to a misdemeanor with much lesser consequences. This is why it is imperative that you seek out a qualified criminal defense team as early as possible after charges have been filed or after an arrest has been carried out.

How New York State Classifies Grand Larceny

“Class E” Felony Grand Larceny

A Class E Felony occurs when one of the criteria in new York State Penal Law section 155.30 are met, the most common is that the value of stolen property exceeds $1,000.

“Class D” Felony Grand Larceny

Grand larceny in the third degree is considered a Class D felony when the value of the stolen property exceeds $3,000 or when the property is an ATM or its contents.

“Class C” Felony Grand Larceny

Grand larceny in the second degree is a class C felony when it involves stealing property that is valued at more than $50,000 and may include extortion charges in some cases.

“Class B” Felony Grand Larceny

Carrying the heaviest sentencing, grand larceny in the first degree is a class B felony when it involves the theft of property that exceeds $1,000,000 in value.

Sentencing Guidelines for Grand Larceny in New York

When it comes to sentencing for a larceny crime in New York state, there are several factors that can influence the outcome. These factors include whether the theft was of a violent or non-violent nature and it is also taken into consideration if the defendant has a predicate felony. (Predicate felon indicates the defendant has had a previous felony conviction in the past 10 years.)

“E” Non-Violent Felony

  • Non Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from no incarceration up to 1 ⅓ to 4 years state prison.
  • Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from a minimum of 1 ½ to 3 years up to a maximum of 2 to 4 years state prison.

“E” Violent Felony

  • Non Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 1 ½ to 4 years state prison.
  • Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 2 to 4 years state prison.
  • Violent Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 3 to 4 years state prison.

“D” Non-Violent Felony

  • Non Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from no incarceration up to 2 ⅓ to 7 years state prison.
  • Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from no 2 to 4 years up to 3 ½ to 7 years state prison.

“D” Violent Felony

  • Non Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 2 to 7 years state prison.
  • Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 3 to 7 years state prison.
  • Violent Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 5 to 7 years state prison.

“C” Non-Violent Felony

  • Non Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from no incarceration up to 5 to 15 years state prison.
  • Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from no 3 to 6 years up to 7 ½ to 15 years state prison.

“C” Violent Felony

  • Non Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 3 ½ to 15 years state prison.
  • Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 5 to 15 years state prison.
  • Violent Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 7 to 15 years state prison.

“B” Non-Violent Felony

  • Non Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 1 to 3 years up to 8 ⅓ to 25 years state prison.
  • Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 4 ½ to 9 years up to 12 ½ to 25 years state prison.

“B” Violent Felony

  • Non Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 5 to 25 years state prison.
  • Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 8 to 25 years state prison.
  • Violent Predicate Felon: Sentence ranges from 10 to 25 years state prison.

We realize that cost is a factor when choosing an attorney. Our clients understand that serious crimes require serious, skillful and diligent representation. Every case is different and we cannot quote you a retainer fee without first speaking to you and learning about your case and charges. We are happy to consult with you at the jail, if needed. While we do charge a small consultation fee for a jail visit, we apply that fee toward your retainer if you ultimately choose to retain us.