It would be a guess at this point without knowing more facts.
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It depends on which level Grand Larceny, what the prior felony conviction was for, and whether his lawyer can negotiate a lower level charge.
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You should retain a good lawyer who has a lot of experience at practices in New York City. If you are indigent you will have a public defender but on a serious matter like this where he is facing a mandatory prison term t is better to retain private counsel. I am a "10.0 superb" rated lawyer and you can see my rating and reviews on Avvo and check out my website for more information. The fee would depend on many factors but a plea is very reasonable while trial is always mush more money as it is about 50-100 hours work. If he knows that he cannot win a trial and it is just a plea bargain you could afford to retain any of the good criminal lawyer here on Avvo who almost always offer a free consultation. After a consultation many lawyers will be able to tell you the fee but not the sentence as that depends on many factors and he would have to talk to the prosecutor and judge. My guess its that he will do a year or less in jail unless there are mitigating circumstances.
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Technically, the maximum sentence for a persistent felony offender (3 felonies) is life imprisonment. Go from there.
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The answer to your question depends on many factors including; if violence or perceived was used while committing the crime & what degree of larceny your friend was charged with. Grand larceny in the first degree is a class B felony while Grand Larceny in the third degree is a class D felony. Each charge has its specific guidelines with regards to sentencing.
Most criminal defense attorney's provide free consultations and would be happy to provide you with answers to your questions. If you don't want to consult an attorney another thought might be to Google "NY Penal Law + Article 155," which will provide further details about larceny laws in NY.