Penal Law 155.25 is a Class A misdemeanor punishable up to one year in jail and $1000 fine. If convicted you would have a permanent criminal record that could not be erased or expunged. Prosecutors are typically lenient on these cases for first arrests. However, the fact that you have had prior arrests and the amount alleged to have ben stolen is $650 is very high makes you more at risk of a bad result. There is still a chance that an experienced criminal lawyer can get this case reduced or dismissed entirely and possibly sealed. I am a former prosecutor with over 15 years experience specializing in criminal law.
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I am sorry to hear about your situation. If you can afford an attorney you should get one so you have the best possible chance of getting a deal. If you can't afford one, try to get the court to assign you one.
Your charge is: S 155.25 Petit larceny.
A person is guilty of petit larceny when he steals property.
Petit larceny is a class A misdemeanor.
It's not a felony but should still be taken seriously.
You should contact an attorney to discuss your questions as additional information would be helpful.
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Petit Larceny is a Class A misdemeanor. $650 is a high amount. I assume this took place in Nassau County. If so, the DA there is very tough. Expect to work hard to get a satisfactory result. I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been doing criminal defense for over 15 years and have handled cases like your in Nassau with good results. My office number is 212-385-8015 and a link to my web site is below.
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There are several possible outcomes. One would be to try to get the case dismissed based upon whether the charges can be proven against you beyond a reasonable doubt. Perhaps you may be able to get an ACD which is an adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal.
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There is a chance you will be offered an ACD, which means an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal, but because you've had at least two prior cases, in Nassau County, it may not go that easily. It will depend upon the Assistant District Attorney you draw as well as what Judge is sitting at the time. Your best case scenario is you will get the ACD, which means the case will be postponed for six months and if you don't get arrested for anything new in the meantime, it will be dismissed and any record will be expunged.
In a worst case scenario, they may demand you plead guilty to a class "B" Misdemeanor or a Violation and pull some sort of sentence of a fine, community service and or probation, but those don't look real likely in your case.
I won't solicit you since that is not the purpose of this site, but I suggest you hire an experienced attorney who has a high rating on Avvo.com since it independently evaluates attorneys and does the work for you.
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