Juvenile Shoplifting and Penalties
Juvenile Shoplifting and Penalties
Juvenile shoplifting is a serious matter, and any minor convicted of shoplifting can face consequences including time in juvenile hall, fines, probation or even time in an adult prison facility. The New York criminal defense attorney team at The Blanch Law Firm possesses the skill, knowledge and acumen to properly defend any minor accused of shoplifting.
The Blanch Law Firm applies a results driven approach to all criminal cases, including juvenile shoplifting, aggressively defending our clients and protecting their freedoms. We understand that any juvenile convictions could lead to serious consequences later in life, including limited career options and more.
Successful Shoplifting Defense
Our successful track record of defending Shoplifting, robbery and other theft charges includes:
■A defendant was charged with robbery in the first degree and faced a mandatory jail sentence upon conviction with a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail. The Blanch Law Firm was able to earn a dismissal of all charges
■Our client was charged with assault during a robbery and accused of brutally kicking victim in the face while they were on the ground. The Blanch Law Firm was able to get all of these charges dismissed.
To learn more, Contact The Blanch Law Firm today at 646-797-4820.
Juvenile Shoplifting Laws and Penalties
New York Penal Code Section 155.25 deals with “Petit larceny,” which includes shoplifting and juvenile shoplifting; and New York Penal Law § 10.00(18) defines how and when a “juvenile” is criminally responsible for certain illegal actions. Just because a minor is under the age of 18 does not make him or her a juvenile in the eyes of the law. For juvenile shoplifting, if the dollar amount of the crime is over a few hundred dollars, or of the juvenile shoplifting crime involved threats or a weapon of any kind, then that will change the nature of the charges and how the prosecution pursues sentencing.
Juvenile penalties can range from a “slap on the wrist” to serious jail time. Juvenile detention centers might be an acceptable alternative to an adult prison but, juvenile detention is just as scary and potentially dangerous for any minor. Juvenile shoplifting punishment includes:
■Juvenile probation – juvenile probation is a supervision program ordered by the criminal court which limits the freedom of the minor in question in lieu of commitment to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.
■Juvenile detention – a juvenile detention center (also known as a juvenile hall) is intended to provide treatment and education rather than punitive measures, but the conditions in juvenile detention centers can be dangerous for minors and worrisome for parents.
■Prison – a juvenile found guilty of a felony may be eligible for an adult prison facility if the prosecution and judge agree. While juvenile shoplifting hardly warrants such a penalty, in conjunction with other crimes it is entirely possible.
If you, your child or a minor in your car has been arrested and charged with juvenile shoplifting, you need a highly-qualified juvenile defense attorney who can offer a sophisticated approach to criminal defense. At The Blanch Law Firm, our juvenile defense attorney team is highly skilled in all juvenile crimes, has experience in juvenile court and can provide top-notch counsel and representation on all juvenile shoplifting matters. Contact us today at 646-797-4820.