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How Much Jail Time Do I Face for Theft Charges in New York City?

How Much Jail Time Do I Face for Theft Charges in New York City?

Dealing with a theft charge in New York City can be an overwhelming and scary experience. You likely have a lot of questions about the legal process and potential penalties if convicted. This article provides an overview of common theft crimes and their associated jail sentences in NYC.

Misdemeanor Theft Charges

Many theft crimes in New York are prosecuted as misdemeanors. This means the maximum jail sentence is up to 1 year. However, first-time offenders often receive probation or short county jail sentences.

Petit Larceny

Petit larceny involves stealing property valued at less than $1,000. It is the most common theft charge in NYC. Jail time varies case by case, but often ranges from 1-6 months in county jail. Judges tend to be more lenient with first-time offenders.


Shoplifting involves stealing merchandise from a store. Like petit larceny, shoplifting goods less than $1,000 in value is a misdemeanor. However, stores often push for the harshest penalties allowed. Expect jail time around 3-12 months for a shoplifting conviction.

Felony Theft Charges

Felony theft charges in NYC involve higher value items or repeat offenders. If convicted, you face longer state prison sentences from 1-7 years typically.

Grand Larceny

Grand larceny applies when you steal property valued over $1,000. Because it is a felony charge, grand larceny convictions often lead to 1-3 years in state prison for first-time offenders.


Burglary charges apply when you enter a building or vehicle unlawfully with the intent to commit a crime inside, like theft. As a felony, expect at least 1-3 years in state prison if convicted of burglary in NYC.


Robbery involves stealing property by force or threat of force. Even if no weapon is used, robbery is considered a violent felony. Convictions often lead to 3-7 years in state prison for first-time offenders.

Sentencing Factors

Many factors influence the jail or prison time a judge imposes for theft crimes in New York City:

  • Criminal History – Repeat offenders face the harshest sentences. First-time offenders often receive probation or less jail time.
  • Value of Property Stolen – Stealing higher value property leads to higher charges and longer sentences typically.
  • Violence Used – Robbery and burglary involving weapons or harm to victims are viewed as most serious.
  • Addiction Issues – Judges may order rehab over jail for offenders battling addiction.
  • Age of Offender – Youthful offenders ages 16-19 may avoid jail at the judge’s discretion.

If you face theft charges in New York City, an experienced criminal defense attorney can argue for probation or reduced sentences – especially for first-time offenders. Reach out today to protect your rights and future.




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