Criminal Defense for Theft Crimes or Burglary

People facing theft charges are often bewildered by the criminal justice system in which they have suddenly found themselves. The law firm of Schwartz & Krysinski, L.L.P., guides people through the process, making sure that we understand clients’ complete stories while preserving their rights.

Our Queens and Brooklyn theft defense lawyers, Howard A. Schwartz and Nicole L. Krysinski, are always available to answer a client’s questions, even after office hours. We investigate the charges thoroughly and always consider the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction on the lives of our clients and their families. We have successfully resolved issues relating to immigration, family law and professional licensure after clients were charged with theft offenses. Contact us to learn how we can apply our skills and experience to protect your rights at all costs.

Experienced Representation for Any Criminal Charges

Our clients come to us after being charged in Brooklyn, Queens and surrounding areas with theft offenses such as:

  • Shoplifting/retail theft
  • Employee theft
  • Auto theft or carjacking
  • Burglary
  • Identity theft
  • Credit card theft or credit card fraud
  • Check kiting or writing bad checks
  • Grand larceny
  • Embezzlement or fraud

We have successfully defended teenagers, homeless people, elderly people with dementia, employees charged with paying personal bills from employers’ accounts, and people seeking to keep their professional licenses in medicine, accounting and law.

Act Quickly BEFORE You Are Charged

We urge people who believe they might be charged with a theft crime to speak with an attorneybefore they are charged. We may be able to negotiate restitution so that no arrest is ever made, keeping the client’s record clean. If charges have already been filed, we may still be able to get the charges dismissed or downgraded. Burglary and grand larceny (theft valued at $1,000 or greater) can be felony crimes. We will do everything we can to avoid jail or prison and the aftermath of a felony conviction.

Alternatives to Conviction

First-time retail theft offenders (shoplifting offenders) in Brooklyn, Queens and Nassau County may be eligible for the StopLift program, which was designed to prevent recurring shoplifting. We advocate for clients to be admitted to this program; successful completion of the course can lead to dismissal of the charges. We also help clients with mental health issues seek treatment as an alternative to sentencing. We have successfully defended people with kleptomania, dementia and other types of mental illness.

View our recent cases to learn more about our history of achieving results for clients.

Contact Our New York Criminal Defense Law Firm

To schedule to discuss theft or burglary charges, contact our Brooklyn law firm online or call Schwartz & Krysinski, L.L.P., at 718-643-9333. We can be reached 24 hours a day at 718-208-6094 or 917-309-3678.