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04. Property Crimes

Theft & Retail Theft

Are you facing criminal defense charges related to theft? Regardless of what happened in the event, you still have rights that must be defended. Macedonio & Duncan has the proven track record you deserve in your criminal lawyer.

There are many different types of theft crimes. Theft crimes can be misdemeanors or felonies depending on the amount you are accused of taking. In fact, some crimes are “wobblers”, or crimes that can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts and your criminal history.

Petty Theft Crimes

Petty theft crimes are crimes involve the taking of money or property of less than $950. Grand theft crimes are crimes which involve the taking of money or property of more than $950. To find you guilty of either petty or grand theft, sometimes referred to as larceny, the prosecution must prove you intended, or what was in your mind at that moment, to take possession of someone else’s money or property in order to permanently keep it from them. And at this point the prosecution still does not have a machine to read your mind and thoughts. The prosecution must also prove that you moved the property, even a small distance, and kept it for any period of time, however brief.


Shoplifting is a type of theft crime where you are accused of taking property without paying for it. Shoplifting accusations sometimes comes from an overzealous security guard and/or loss prevention officer abusing their power or misinterpreting innocent actions.


Embezzlement is another theft crime involving the taking or misuse of funds, which have been entrusted to you by another person, or belonging to your employer. Many times people accused of embezzlement are targeted by an unscrupulous or mistaken employer placing blame on an employee for lost funds, or the loss is the product of a simple accounting mistake.

AS experienced attorneys, we can defend you against a theft crime by gathering the necessary evidence, witness statements, and surveillance videos, and demonstrate to the court and prosecution why you should not be convicted.

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Macedonio & Duncan, LLP is a leading Suffolk County Criminal Defense Firm conveniently located across from all major Courts in Central Islip. The Partners at Macedonio & Duncan have over 50 years of combined criminal law experience. The firm represents and advises clients on all criminal matters, including Murder, drug related charges, felonies, misdemeanors, DUI/DWI’s and traffic cases. If you or someone you know has been charged with or is being investigated for a criminal offense please contact our office for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

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Tel: 631-582-3232 / Fax: 631-761-9595

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