Q: I was caught shoplifting at a major department store in the city. What will happen to me?
A: You were likely charged with petite larceny (New York Penal Law 155.25). This crime is a misdemeanor, which can be punished by up to 1 year in jail, $1000 fine and 3 years’ probation. Not knowing anything about your background (whether you have prior offenses) and the exact circumstances of your case it is difficult to say what the judge will decide. I recommend that you go to court with a lawyer to make sure things go smoothly and you get the best result possible.
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