What does grand larceny in the fourth-degree entail?

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2022 | Firm News

If you take a property in New York that does not belong to you and to which you do not have a legal right to possess, you may face larceny charges. The penalties associated with your crime depend on the type and value of the property you stole, both of which ultimately dictate the type of theft charges you face.

New York recognizes five degrees of larceny, one of which is grand larceny in the fourth degree. The New York State Senate explains when an offense may result in fourth-degree grand larceny charges.

Offenses that may trigger fourth-degree grand larceny charges

Various theft offenses may trigger fourth-degree grand larceny charges. According to state law, you may face these types of charges if you steal property that meets one or more of the following descriptions:

  • It has a value that exceeds $1,000
  • It consists of confidential scientific material or liquified ammonia gas or anhydrous ammonia that you intended to use for the manufacturing of methamphetamine
  • It consists of public record, instrument or writing
  • It consists of rifles, shotguns or other types of firearms
  • It consists of a debit card or credit card
  • It consists of a motor vehicle with a value of at least $100
  • It consists of a device that you intended to use to illegally obtain telephone services
  • It has a value of at least $100 and consists of a religious vestment, scrolls, vessel or religious item that you took from a place of worship

You may also face fourth-degree felony charges if you take property off or from another person, regardless of the property’s value. The same is true if you obtain property via extortion, regardless of the value or nature of said property.

Consequences of fourth-degree grand larceny

Grand larceny charges of the fourth-degree can result in a Class E felony conviction, which carries up to four years of probation and which can result in jail time, depending on your prior record. If you face fourth-degree grand larceny charges, it is important that you understand what said charges entail so that you can build a strong defense.