Have You Been Accused of Robbery, Burglary, or Larceny?
Stealing: in the days of Hammurabi, theft could earn you the death penalty. In this day and age, the penalties aren’t quite so severe. Yet depending on the nature of your crime and the circumstances involved, theft, in its myriad forms, could still mean fines, probation, and jail time.
At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we endeavor to avoid all of that. Years of experience in the field have helped us developed time-tested strategies that will help you fight any of the robbery or larceny charges imposed against you.
But first things first. What’s the difference between robbery and larceny?
Theft is the umbrella term meaning stealing property that is not yours. Here’s a breakdown of some theft-related terms:
Larceny: Larceny is the theft-related term with the least implications attached to it. Larceny is the taking of another person’s property without the intent of ever returning it. Generally, the perpetrator is assumed to profit off of this unlawful exchange. Petit larceny means the stealing of another person’s property when the property in question is valued at around $50 or below. Shoplifting a candy bar would be an example of petit larceny. Grand larceny is a higher form of this crime. Stealing more valuable property will earn you a grand larceny charge. For example, if you were caught stealing a cartload of high-end electronics instead of a candy bar, you would be arrested and charged with grand larceny.
Burglary: Burglary is similar to larceny but implies unlawful entrance into another person’s home or, say, a place of business after-hours. The additional charge of trespassing makes burglary a more serious crime than standalone larceny.
Robbery: Robbery is the most serious of the three charges. If a perpetrator uses force or intimidation in order to secure the stolen goods, then the charges are escalated to robbery. Any application of physicality or fear-inducing tactics can transform larceny into robbery. Even worse, if a weapon is involved, then the ensuing charge will be armed robbery. Armed robbery carries with it the most severe penalties of all.
Contact Our NYC Robbery and Larceny Lawyers
At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we know that desperation can often lead to poor decision-making. If you’ve found yourself accused of robbery or larceny, you’re going to want the help of a compassionate, understanding, and above all, hardworking law team that’ll see your case through to its conclusion. Don’t let one mistake ruin your entire life. We can help evaluate your case and build a strong defense, saving you from lengthy probationary terms and, in some cases, helping you avoid jail time altogether. Our consultations are always free, so contact us today with any questions regarding your case.