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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Say the word "theft" in New York City, and most would give as examples a person swiping another's purse or wallet, or breaking into a home to steal all of its valuables. In reality, there are actually many different forms of theft, some of which many may not perceive to be stealing, yet can still leave those accused of them facing serious criminal penalties.
"Porch pirating" is a crime New York City frequently faces, especially during the holiday seasons. In porch pirating cases, packages are stolen from mailboxes or people's porches. Many of those who partake in this theft don't realize just how much trouble they could be in if they're caught.
New York residents may not always consider the penalties for stealing a car. It is important to understand the consequences of this crime.
If you or someone you know has been accused of some type of theft charge in New York, you may need or want to educate yourself about some of the basic terminologies used in these offenses. One of the terms you may hear reference to is larceny and there are actually multiple forms of this alleged crime.