The crime of Petiit Larceny (Penal Law Section 155.25) is defined as the theft of a good or service that has a value less than $1,000. Any crime that involves a theft over $1,000. is considered grand larceny This crime is one of the most commonly committed crimes in New York. Shoplifting is a form of Petit Larceny, which is committed by teenagers and adults alike.
. The District Attorney refers to
Petit Larceny as a quality of life crime.
is a civil statute that allows the victim of a Theft Crime to sue the
perpetrator for up to five times the value of the merchandise stolen.
This would be a separate action over and above a criminal charge. If you
are arrested in a retail store for Petit Larceny, the security officer
may tell you that you will have to sign a confession in order to be
released from their custody. They are legally allowed to hold you until
the police arrive on the scene.
They cannot however, make you sign a
confession if you don’t want to. They also may tell you that they have
you on video tape committing the crime. This may or may not be true. If
you find yourself in this situation, tell security that you want to
speak with your Lawyer right away. When the police arrive, sign
nothing, and insist that you speak with your lawyer. Your Buffalo petit Larceny Lawyer J John Sebastian will be able to obtain the facts, and any relevant
evidence, including a video tape, if there is one. The main point to
remember in this instance is not to sign anything.
If you have
been arrested with others, you will likely be separated. They may even
say that your friend has confessed, and now you should too. This is a
common police tactic. It is important as with the scenario above to not
confess to anything, and contact your Buffalo Lawyer J John Sebastian at your first opportunity.