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It is often easy to confuse the difference between a robbery and larceny charge. In its simplest form, a robbery is defined as forcible stealing with the threat or use of physical force upon another person. This of course ranks higher in severity as compared to larceny. Larceny on the other hand, is defined as the stealing of property with the intent to deprive another of said property. 


Individuals are charged with higher levels of robbery or larceny depending on the facts and circumstances of the crime, harm caused, level of intent, whether a weapon was actually used, etc. Robbery and larceny are both serious charges in the State of New York, and as such, requires highly experienced, professional advocates to serve you. For years, we have worked closely with prosecutors in the area to procure the best results for our clients. 


To combat these charges, we take all the evidence against you into consideration, poking holes in the prosecutor’s case where possible. Our firm will also consider the risks of pushing the case to trial. Balancing all considerations and exposures will be necessary to determine the best path forward for your case and defense. 


As with most charges in the State of New York, the penalties vary depending on the facts of the situation. While there are different levels of robbery and larceny, here are a few more common ones:




Petit Larceny:


A person is guilty of petit larceny when he steals property.


Petit Larceny is a class A misdemeanor.

Grand Larceny in the third degree:


A person is guilty of grand larceny in the third degree when he or she steals property and:


  • When the value of the property exceeds three thousand dollars; or 

  • The property is an automated teller machine or the contents of an automated teller machine.


Grand Larceny in the third degree is a class D felony. 



Robbery in the third degree:


A person is guilty of robbery in the third degree when he forcibly steals property. 


Robbery in the third degree is a class D felony. 



Robbery in the second degree:


A person is guilty of robbery in the second degree when he forcibly steals property and when:


  • He is aided by another person actually present; or


  • ​​In the course of the commission of the crime or of immediate flight therefrom, he or another participant in the crime:

    • Causes physical injury to any person who is not a participant in the crime; or

    • Displays what appears to be a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or other firearm; or


  • The property consists of a motor vehicle, as defined in section one hundred twenty-five of the vehicle and traffic law. 


Robbery in the second degree is a class C felony. 



Our law firm has handled these charges and many other criminal defense matters with vigor and expertise over the course of many years. We have a keen and in-depth understanding of criminal defense from multiple perspectives. Our team uses that unique experience to our clients’ advantages when strategizing the most effective criminal defense for the client. 


During your free consultation with our office, we will be better able to give you an overview as to options which may be available depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding your case. Consultations are always FREE and there is no obligation. Flexible payment options are also offered as a courtesy to our clients. We look forward to meeting with you and to have the opportunity to be your sword & shield!  

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