Petit Larceny (shoplifting) is a Class A misdemeanor in New York, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.00, a NYS surcharge of over $200.00, registration in the NYS DNA database, up to a year in the county jail, or up to three years of probation supervision. Of course you want to get your kid out of a shoplifting charge!
Now, a few words of reassurance. If this is your child's first shoplifting charge, and assuming the case is not horribly, horribly fumbled in some way, your kid is not going to jail. Period. Hire a good lawyer, follow their instructions, and make sure you avoid that horrible consequence.
You should know that in most jurisdictions around Rochester, a good lawyer can often get first (and sometimes second) time petit larceny charges dismissed by working with the prosecutor and the judge. This is sometimes accomplished by requesting an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal.**
We have handled many, many Petit Larceny cases in the town courts across Monroe, Livingston, Orleans, Wayne, and Ontario Counties. If your son or daughter is charged with petit larceny in Rochester, please feel free to call for a free consultation. Our number is (585) 485-0025.
** Getting an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal is neither something to take for granted, nor to assume will happen. Speak with an experienced lawyer to learn more.