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Grand Larceny From the Person

January 30, 2019

In New York, you can be charged with one of two types or larceny crimes when stealing from a person: robbery and larceny from a person. Larceny is the unlawful and intentional taking of property belonging to another person with the intent to keep it. To “keep” the property means to permanently deprive the person of the item by selling, giving or keeping the property.

The definition of robbery is larceny done with intimidation, threat, force or violence. It means that you or your loved one is accused of causing or threatening the victim physical harm to obtain the stolen property. This act can range from grabbing a purse or punching them to get their money. It’s a different crime from larceny from a person.

What is larceny from a Person in New York?

Larceny from a person is commonly called the “pickpocket statute” because the larceny is committing by taking the property from the person’s body. It sounds complicated, but it’s not. For example, larceny from a person means that you are accused for taking their wallet from their pocket or taking some of value they are holding in their hand. You are not accused of using threats, force, intimidation or violence to get the property.

Grand Larceny from a Person is a Serious Charge

Grand larceny denotes is more serious than a larceny charge because the stolen property has more value. In New York, larceny charges are separated into groups according to the property value. This means that you are charged with grand larceny when the dollar amount of the property is valued higher than $1,000 or more. For example, you can be accused of pickpocketing a wallet which cost $10 and be charged with grand larceny because the person had $3,000 in that wallet.

Prosecutors Must Prove You Committed Larceny from a Person

An arrest is merely an arrest. It doesn’t involve proving your guilt or innocence. Prosecutors must prove your guilt beyond all reasonable doubt when by using the PENN statute 155.00. To try to prove guilty, prosecutors need elements that make up the statute’s definition and evidence. The elements of grand larceny from a person include:

• You took property
• That property was taken from the person. This means you aren’t accused of any other form of theft such as embezzlement or robbery.
• You didn’t intend to return the property to the owner. This means you were going to permanently deprive the owner of the property. This could also mean that you exercise control over the property for an extend time and deprived the owner of the benefit of using it.
• The value of the property taken is more than $1,000.

Punishment for Grand Larceny from a Person in New York

Punishment for this crime depends on the amount of the stolen property. For example, a Class E felony is up to four years in prison. The minimum is one year. The property must be valued at more than $1,000, but less than $3,000.

If the stolen property is value from $3,000 to $50,000, it is a Class D felony. You may be sentenced to at least seven years in prison. The minimum sentence is one year. The punishment for a Class C larceny from a person is at a minimum of one year in prison. The maximum sentence is 15 years in prison.

The property value in a Class C larceny from a person is from $50,000 to $1 million. The harshest sentence is if the property’s value is at more the $1 million. This is a Class B felony. The minimum prison sentence is one year. The maximum prison sentence is up to 25 years.

We are Your New York Law Firm to Represent You in Your Larceny Charge

Grand larceny is a serious charge because you are facing prison time. If you have a prior felony charge within a 10-year period, the minimum time in prison increases six months. Thus, if convicted you’ll send one and one half years in prison.

It’s time to have a smart, experienced legal team on your side. Contact us immediately to defend you against this serious charge. We’re ready to prove your innocence.



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