Being accused of stealing a car in White Plains, New York is a serious issue, and it can land you in very hot water. Charges like these can remain on your record forever and make it impossible to find jobs and get into schools. It can also hurt your overall reputation. Perhaps worst of all, hefty fines and jail time are now on the cards.
Having a solid defense team with a logical strategy is the key to minimizing your punishment. With the right legal representation, you can avoid spending the next 15 years in prison because you didn’t take your trial seriously enough. Darren DeUrso has been providing criminal defense in the state of New York for over 30 years, and he knows how to work the legal system. With Darren in your corner, you can forget about being abused by the system with over-the-top punishments. Get in touch today and let’s figure out your strategy.
What are the laws against stealing a car?
In New York, any theft of over $100 in value is classified as grand larceny. Assuming the car you allegedly stole was over $100, grand larceny is what you’re facing. New York law also differentiates between several types of vehicle theft.
For instance, stealing a car with the intent of returning to it the owner is considered “joyriding” and can either end up being a Class E or D felony. Sometimes just a Class A misdemeanor.
On the other hand, stealing a car from someone using force, for example with a weapon or some type of violence, would be considered “carjacking” and is much more serious. A carjacking conviction can spend up to 15 years in jail.
The circumstances of the crime are also of interest to the courts. Threatening people with weapons while you steal a very expensive car may be interpreted differently than stealing an abandoned clunker in the middle of the night. Sometimes these cases can be subjective, which underlines the importance of an experienced attorney to help frame your case for you.
What are the possible punishments?
The courts will look at both the circumstances of your crime and your criminal history.
As a first-time offender for grand larceny in the second degree, there isn’t any minimum sentence. There is however a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. You may get off with probation, probation with jail, community service, fines, etc.
As a repeat offender though, the same crime could lead to up to 25 years in prison with all the other things as well.
Were you accused of stealing a car in White Plains New York?
You’re going to need a solid defense to protect your rights and your future. Contact Darren DeUrso, Attorney At Law, today.
Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law
188 East Post Road, Suite 300
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: (914) 772-8614