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February 7, 2012

New York Shoplifting And Switching Tags

By Michael H. Joseph

With the down turn in the economy and the recession, our Westchester criminal defense lawyers are seeing alot of people who would normally be arrested finding themselves with shop lifting charges in the criminal courts of White Plains, Yonkers, Eastchester, Rye and Port Chester.

Our Westchester criminal defense attorneys are seeing more and more shoplifting charges arising out of customers in the major retailers including the Westchester Mall in White Plains and the other big box retailers in Port Chester and upscale boutiques in Rye, Mamaroneck, Scarsdale and Bronxville.

Switching tags is still considered petit larceny and can even be considered grand larceny if the amount “saved” is over one thousand dollars. Although many customers see this as a harmless non-criminal activity and just saving a few bucks, the criminal courts in New York have a different view.

Fortunately from our White Plains office, our Westchester criminal defense lawyers regularly defend these cases and we have gotten many good people who simply made a bad decision through this process without a criminal record and without jail or probation.

Our consultations are always free and we always handle our client’s criminal problems with the utmost discretion.

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