Lockport, NY asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for New York

Q: What can the outcome be for a "Petit Larceny" charge when it is my first EVER offense?

I was stopped at the door and they asked me to hand everything over, which I did, and I complied with what both the store workers asked of me and the police officers asked me, as I do not remember what I attempted to steal due to the fact that I was in a manic impulsive episode and I had blacked out. I didnt leave the store with the items, but I was arrested and taken to the police station. I dont have a lawyer, nor do I have the money for one.

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Daniel A. Johnston
Daniel A. Johnston
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Mineola, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: If you don't have the money for a lawyer, ask the Court for Legal Aid to be assigned.

If you have no record, the most likely outcome (depending on what county you're in/who the DA is/who the judge is) would be an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal (stay out of trouble for 6 months and the case will be dismissed), possibly with some community service or other program. In Nassau and other counties you will likely be required to take some anti-shoplifting class as well. This is, of course, no guarantee, since every court has its own standard practices.

It would be wise to at least consult with a local attorney.

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