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Theft by extortion

The word "theft" seems to imply an element of secrecy (as in one stealing something without another knowing it). Transactions conducted in the broad daylight certainly would not fall under this category. Yet that is where you could be wrong. Several clients have come to members of our team here at Neil S. Ruskin Attorney at Law accused of engaging in an activity many may not normally associate with theft: extortion. When you conduct your business, there may be times when circumstances dictate that you "play hardball" with those you are negotiating with. The question then becomes when might tactics cross the line and be considered criminal. 

What is the statute is limitations?

When it comes to a criminal charge in New York, there is usually something called a statute of limitations. It is well worth your time to understand what this means and how it applies to your case. The concept is very important when it comes to charges against you and going to court because it could mean you cannot be charged with a crime.

What factors can drive a person to theft?

In New York, theft crimes are treated with a heavy hand. However, Neil S. Ruskin, attorney at law, understands that every instance of theft has a human element to it that the courts usually overlook in favor of ensuring that you are put in jail. It's a quick system, but inefficient in targeting the real issues.

New York caretaker accused of home deed theft

As the New York City real estate market heats up, suspected cases of deed theft have been on the rise for several years. Authorities claim that the unlawful practice has reached crisis levels in Brooklyn, where a caretaker allegedly forced an 85-year-old diabetic homeowner to sign the deed to the home over to him in an attempt to sell at a profit. The former caretaker is now under indictment on counts of identity theft, grand larceny and ten others.

How could Kelley Blue Book correlate with your time served?

If you're a fan of Mercedes-Benz, you probably already appreciate the specs involved with a finely-tuned AMG engine, safety features like ATTENTION ASSIST and the status the brand carries. For some people who can't afford these luxury vehicles, the thought of stealing one may seem tempting. But, did you know that the value of the stolen vehicle could factor into your penalties?

Business owner accused of grand larceny

Residents in New York may have heard news reports about other people being accused of robbery or larceny and might be confused about what these terms mean and how they may be different. Both robbery and larceny are forms of stealing or theft but robbery charges are used when some amount of force is said to have been involved in the incident. Larceny refers to the theft of some personal property that does not involve any force. 

What are the defenses for larceny?

If you have been arrested in New York and charged with larceny, then it is imperative that you mount a good defense. While there are many ways that you can fight the charges, there are two defenses recognized by the law, according to the New York State Senate. Understanding these defenses can help you to mount the best case to avoid conviction.

Prosecution teams often overreach their evidence

New York does not necessarily have the reputation of being a theft-free city, but that fact does not excuse overzealous law enforcement and state prosecution policies that could unjustly cost you your freedom. The team here at the Brooklyn office of Neil S. Ruskin fights every day to preserve and strengthen your individual rights against this type of onslaught. 

Employee theft a concern across U.S.

Most residents in New York have probably heard or read stories about people being accused of embezzlement or some other type of employee theft. However, just as with any time of criminal allegations, it is important to remember that just because someone is accused of a crime does not mean they actually committed a crime. There may be situations when perfectly legitimate acts or transactions are misconstrued as illegal or subversive conduct.

Defining theft by false promise

It is easy to understand your surprise at being called a thief by your neighbor. You always thought the grill you got from him a few years back was an honest transaction. Sure, you agreed to do a financial assessment of his home in exchange, yet you thought he understood why you had to put off getting it done. Many of those that our team here at Neil S. Ruskin Attorney at Law have worked with over the years have faced similar scenarios. Like them, you might assume that your neighbor does not have a leg to stand on when accusing you of stealing. Unfortunately, that may not be the case. 

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