Q: Does a petty larceny will affect me for the rest of my life?
A: In New York, petit larceny is a misdemeanor that carries a sentence up to one year in jail. If convicted, you will have a semi-permanent criminal record. A petit larceny conviction will, at the very least, remain on your record for ten years, when you will then be able to apply for a sealing if you meet the eligibility requirements. Keep in mind that just because you are arrested for petit larceny, it does not mean that you will be convicted.
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