Petit Larceny is a common charge usually among adolescents and younger adults. There are a variety of reasons why one commits a petit larceny. Some people struggle with financial hardships and are compelled to take certain items for their family. Others come across an item they desperately want but cannot afford. And with adolescents and younger adults peer pressure may play a role.
Petit larceny is a class “A” misdemeanor which carries a potential sentence of up to one year incarceration, three years probation, fines, surcharges, community services, a stop shop lifting course or any combination thereof.
Attorney Jason Henskee has handled hundreds and hundreds of petit larceny cases and continues to do so on a regular basis. Because he handles these cases on a regular basis he is familiar with the District Attorney’s plea policies, the elements of the offense, the relevant case law, which stores are more likely to seek prosecution to the full extent of the law, and how the different courts treat this type of offense.
Most petit larceny cases occur in Cheektowaga Town Court, Amherst Town Court, and Buffalo City Court. In Cheektowaga there is the Galleria Mall, in Amherst there are numerous shopping centers, and in the City of Buffalo there are several stores, shops, and vendors.
It is important to have a competent attorney to represent you when charged with a petit larceny given the potential sentencing parameters. The process of arraignment, possibility of bail, negotiating with the District Attorney, restitution if applicable, and a possible civil suit make petit larceny charges complex.
If this is your first offense or second offense Attorney Jason Henskee can obtain a favorable result in your case. As in any case there are no guarantees. However Attorney Jason Henskee’s past petit larceny cases have resulted in positive results for his clients.
Depending on the court a client may have to take a stop shop lifting course. The course is an additional fee usually between $75.00 and $100.00. It is a onetime comprehensive course with the goal of educating and deterring the individual from repeating this type of crime.
Before you go to court for a petit larceny charge you should have your case and the accusatory instrument reviewed by a criminal defense attorney. Attorney Jason Henskee will take the time to review your case and answer your questions with a free thirty minute consultation.