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NYC criminal defense attorneysLarceny, the legal term for theft in New York State, refers to a crime in which a person “wrongfully takes, obtains, or withholds” property and intends to deprive the owner of it. The consequences for such an act are typically based on the monetary value of the property in question. The grounds for left and larceny charges, the differences in those charges, and the potential consequences that come with petit and grand larceny in the state of New York depend on a number of various factors.

Understanding Larceny Charges

The act of larceny is something above and beyond simply taking an item from someone. For example, there are many illegal acts that are considered forms of theft, including:

  • Embezzlement
  • Obtaining property through false pretense
  • Issuing bad checks
  • Obtaining property through extortion
  • Acquiring and withholding lost property

Additionally, there are distinct classifications and consequences for various theft crimes, including all of the following:

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NYC stalking defense attorneysWhen it comes to criminal offenses in New York State, especially those related to domestic violence and abuse, the crime of cyberstalking is one that is not always taken very seriously. This form of virtual stalking can, in many cases, receive the brush-off and not be considered a real threat. However, the reality is that it is no laughing matter and it may have just as many grave consequences as physical or more “traditional” stalking behaviors. As technology has developed and become such a focal point in our day-to-day lives, stalking behaviors and charges are more prominent today than ever before.

What Does a Cyberstalking Crime Entail?

If you find yourself accused of stalking someone through various modes of technology, it is important to inform yourself of how cyberstalking crimes are defined as you move forward with your defense. Virtual stalking is more than simply viewing someone’s social media sites regularly or excessively. The National Conference of State Legislatures considers this crime to be a pattern of malicious behaviors via a variety of electronic communications, including email and the internet.

Cyberstalking usually entails behaviors such as:

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NYC criminal defense attorneysOf all the crimes a person can commit, those that are prosecuted as felonies are considered to be the most severe. These acts also carry the harshest penalties for those who are convicted. What are these acts, and what can be done to minimize - or even eliminate - the consequences? If you are facing felony charges in New York, it is important to understand what is at stake. 

Felonies in New York State

Felony criminal proceedings are complex legal matters with varied levels of severity. Those at the highest level are considered Class A felonies. These include serious crimes and carry sentences of up to life in prison. Such acts might include aggravated murder, terrorism, criminal possession of a controlled substance, operating as a major trafficker, kidnapping, and arson.

Class B felonies are considered slightly less severe, so the potential consequences do drop. Most have a maximum sentence of 25 years. Such acts include armed robbery, drug trafficking, alleged homicide, rape, and violent assault.

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NYC weapons violations attorneysPeople of all types own weapons. Some have them for the purpose of self-defense, while others are enthusiasts who simply enjoy collecting them. Unfortunately, not all types of weapons are legal in the state of New York. If you are charged with any kind of illegal weapon possession, you may be looking at criminal charges with grave consequences. 

Illegal Weapons: More Than Just Knives and Guns 

People often assume that the law does not concern itself with any weapon that is not a gun or a knife. Unfortunately for martial arts enthusiasts, hunters, unique weapon collectors, and even cosplayers, this simply is not the case. The law restricts a wide variety of weapons, and charges may be filed if you are carrying one that is considered illegal. A few examples include:

  • Swords
  • Sword canes 
  • Brass and plastic knuckles
  • Stun guns
  • Bludgeons
  • Blackjacks 
  • Tonfas 
  • Maces 

This list is far from exhaustive; you can face charges for carrying any item that could be considered a weapon with an intent to cause harm to another person.

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Manhattan weapons offenses attorneysWhen it comes to weapons possession in New York, experts and residents statewide agree that the laws and restrictions surrounding possession can be downright confusing. While there are clear guidelines outlining what is permissible and what is not for many types of weapons, the details become complicated when determining which objects are considered weapons. For example, almost any sharp object can become dangerous or deadly and may be considered a knife. According to the American Knife and Tool Institute, even a possessor who does not exhibit any criminal conduct can face possible criminal conviction for merely possessing an object considered to be a dangerous knife. This creates significant risk for faulty or unjust criminal charges that, for many, can be life altering.

Weapon Possession Guidelines in New York

Whether you have recently been accused of illegal weapon possession or are interested in acquiring rights to possess and carry, it is important to familiarize yourself with a general overview of basic firearm and knife laws in the state of New York. Gun laws, of course, continue to be extremely controversial across the nation, in light of the media’s focus on the ongoing string of tragedies that have occurred in recent years - an even greater reason to inform yourself of how to legally own a weapon. 

To possess a handgun in New York means:

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