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Remember that Marijuana is not legal to possess in New York State and that includes the New York City boroughs of Manhattan. Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.  

However, even if you received a marijuana summons or even after being arrested and given a desk appearance ticketthere are ways to avoid getting a conviction.

To find out how to get your marijuana charge dismissed, talk with a NYC defense lawyer who handles marijuana possession cases.

While recreational marijuana is legal in some states, New York still has some of the strictest pot laws in the country.   Here in New York, while possession of small amounts of marijuana not "in public view" was "technically" decriminalized in 1977, people smoking or possessing marijuana in public view can still be charged with a crime under Penal Law 221.10 and go to jail.

Before moving forward, it is important to understand that a person caught by the cops with Marijuana in NYC can be charged any one of three ways.  They are listed below from best to worst:

          1.  The person is not arrested for possession marijuana but instead is issued a pink summons to appear in New York City Criminal Court Summons Part  (SAP).  This often occurs when the NYPD only charges the Penal Law 221.05 (simple possession of marijuana) 

          2.  The person is arrested for possessing marijuana and taken to the precinct, fingerprinted and photographed and then issued a desk appearance ticket (DAT) and released.  This often occurs when the person is charged with Penal Law 221.10 (marijuana burning or in open view)

           3. The person is arrested for possessing marijuana and then taken to the precinct for processing (photograph and fingerprints). Then, instead of being released with a desk appearance ticket, the person is taken to Central Booking where a criminal complaint charging them with possessing marijuana under Penal Law 221.10 will be filed and the person may wait 24-48 hours before seeing a judge and being released.

In spite of New York City's so-called new policy to not arrest marijuana users, It is foolish to think that the NYPD will no longer arrest people in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens or Staten Island and will instead hand out summonses for people caught with small amounts of marijuana. The new policy only applies to people charged with Penal Law 221.05 who are caught with marijuana AND are neither smoking it nor have it in public view.  In truth, most people caught by the NYPD with small amounts of pot are either smoking it or about to smoke it.   That means that the cop does not have to just issue the marijuana user a pink summons and send them on their way.  Instead, the cop can arrest them. Here is an article from August 2017 that explains that Marijuana arrests actually actually went up after the new policy went into effect.

Everyone should remember that getting caught smoking marijuana in New York City or just holding pot in public view can still result in an arrest and a trip to jail along with the potential for a criminal record.  

Smoking marijuana in public in New York City under Penal Law 221.10 is a "B" misdemeanor which is a crime and punishable by up to 90 days in jail.  While a jail sentence for smoking pot is unlikely, just getting arrested will mean being taken down to the local precinct in handcuffs for fingerprints and mugshots and then, if lucky, spending a few hours in a holding cell before eventually being released with a desk appearance ticket to appear at a New York City Criminal Court.  In some situations, a person might not be released after processing at the precinct but instead sent to one of the central booking locations where they might spend 24-48 hours in jail waiting to see a judge.

It has been widely rumored that some members of the NYPD seek out marijuana arrests towards the ends of their shifts because these arrests are often easy with cooperative (stoned) arrestees. The arrests provide the officers with a few hours of guaranteed overtime pay and even more overtime if they decide to take their marijuana prisoner to central booking after processing at the precinct. 

But aside from the marijuana arrest aspects, which can range from inconvenient and embarrassing (being handcuffed in public) to frightening and even dangerous (being locked in a holding tank with a dangerous and violent criminal, perhaps someone on PCP),  there can be severe collateral consequences that can result from a marijuana conviction.

Collateral consequences for a marijuana conviction include immigration consequences for non-citizens, (non-citizens convicted of just 28 grams or more of marijuana can face deportation) financial aid consequences for college students (students convicted of marijuana cam risk loss of federally funded grants and student loans) and loss of housing consequences for those in public housing (marjijuana convictions can cause serious problems for those in Section 8 housing).  

​In any event, if you are reading this you or a loved one was probably recently caught smoking or possessing marijuana in NYC and they were either arrested and issued a DAT or you were not arrested and issued a pink summons.  In either case, you should consult with a New York City Defense lawyer who understand the criminal courts of  New York City and how these courts deal with marijuana charges..

Consulting an experienced New York City criminal defense lawyer for your marijuana charge is important whether you were arrested or whether you just received a pink summons.

Even with just a pink ticket, having a good lawyer for your marijuana charge is important.  New York may be way behind the curve of much of the country's trend toward legalization,  but it does have one terrific law on the books which allows for a marijuana arrest to be kept off a person's record and any New York criminal lawyer should know about it.

The law is the "Marijuana Adjournment In Contemplation of Dismissal ("Marijuana ACD") under CPL 170.56.   The Marijuana ACD is available to anyone with no prior marijuana ACD's nor controlled substance convictions.  If you call a New York City lawyer and they are unfamiliar with the marijuana ACD, politely thank them for their time and call another lawyer.  

Any person with no prior criminal convictions nor prior marijuana ACD's is eligible to have the judge impose the marijuana ACD without the consent of the prosecutor. The great thing about the Marijuana ACD is that there is no guilty plea entered and the individual usually only has to waive speedy trial for the duration of the ACD (usually one year").  At the end of the ACD, the charge is dismissed and sealed and the arrest records including the mugshots and the prints are destroyed.  The marijuana ACD is available whether the person was arrested for penal law 221.10 or just given a summons under penal law 221.05.

Moreover, a good lawyer might be able to convince a judge to impose the marijuana ACD for less than a year.  Under some circumstances, a judge might impose the ACD for a period of 30 days.  That means that the marijuana charge could be dismissed and sealed and away from the prying eyes of background checks within a matter of weeks.

Another way that a lawyer might be able to get rid of the marijuana charge is through various dismissal motions including a dismissal in the interests of justice or a dismissal for the facial insufficiency of the charging document.  A good New York marijuana lawyer will know about these motions

So, although New York is lagging behind the rest of the nation with the reform of its drug laws, there are several means of effectively dealing with marijuana charges here in New York to avoid a marijuana conviction.  Ask your lawyer or call me at 212-786-2999 to know what you can do.   i

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If you or a loved one was recently arrested for shoplifting in NYC, Speak to an experienced shoplifting lawyer before going to court.  Know your options and make a plan ahead of time to avoid the damage that a shoplifting conviction can do.

Manhattan, with all of its high-end luxury stores has been called the shoplifting capital of the nation.  A shoplifting conviction in Manhattan, just like anywhere else in New York State, is considered a crime of theft and can have serious consequences.  Getting caught shoplifting in Manhattan usually means being charged with a misdemeanor petit larceny when the amount stolen is under $1,000 and felony grand larceny with amounts over $1,000--at Manhattan prices that's barely two Burberry scarves. 

Shoplifting charges require the assistance of an experienced shoplifting lawyer in all instances. Although jail is not usually imposed for a first time shoplifting conviction, a person's reputation, their ability to get a loan, to attend school, to remain in the country if they are not a citizen, their ability to obtain and retain professional licenses and their ability to work can be severely compromised by a shoplifting conviction.  

The reason that shoplifting charges must be handled with the utmost care by an experienced lawyer is because shoplifting is considered theft and having a record for theft can have severe consequences. For example, for immigration purposes a shoplifting conviction can prevent citizenship, a green card or even result in deportation.   Shoplifting, like other thefts can easily short circuit a person's aspirations for a career in law, law enforcement, education,  even the military.  Also, a shoplifting record will disqualify a person from obtaining a job in a financial institution that is FDIC approved such as a bank.   

It cannot be overemphasized that the last thing anyone needs on their record is a shoplifting conviction because of a one time lapse in judgement. That is true for people already settled into their careers as well as persons still seeking to attain their career goals.  Anyone with a pending shoplifting charge from Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens or Brooklyn who cares about their future should contact an experienced NYC shoplifting attorney before they go to court. Shoplifting cases must be handled correctly and there are pitfalls to the inexperienced attorney. 

Before discussing the pitfalls that inexperienced NYC shoplifting lawyer can fall into, it is important to understand that, in many cases, persons caught shoplifting for the first time in NYC can often avoid a shoplifting conviction if the prosecutor offers to reduce the charge to a CPL 240.20 (disorderly conduct) or, better yet, the prosecutor agrees to an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal under CPL 170.55 ("ACD").  Indeed, the various prosecutor's offices in the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn DA offices have policies that will allow people with otherwise clean records who are accused of shoplifting under certain dollar amounts to avoid a shoplifting conviction without having to go to trial. Any NYC shoplifting lawyer, even an inexperienced one, will know about the ACD.  

In many instances, a person can arrange to consent to an ("ACD").  Getting an ACD often means taking a one-time anti-shoplifting class and doing a day of community service work and agreeing to stay out of trouble for six months.  Talk to your shoplifting lawyer about how to get this disposition.  Sometimes, the prosecutors, under certain circumstances, will even allow people to get their charges dismissed earlier than the normal 6-month ACD adjournment time.  If the ACD is not available, oftentimes the prosecutors will offer to reduce the shoplifting charge to a CPL 240, 20 disorderly conduct. In most instances, the ACD is favorable to the 240.20.

One trap that many new lawyers fall into with a nyc shoplifting case with the ACD is when the prosecutor tells the lawyer that their client is not eligible for the ACD just because the dollar amount of the stolen items is above the prosecutor's cutoff amount for an ACD.  In this situation, instead of negotiating further with the prosecutor to attain the ACD, or going over the prosecutor's head to the prosecutor's bureau chief, the inexperienced lawyer just goes back to their client and tells their client to take the prosecutor's offer of a reduction to a CPL 240.20 (disorderly conduct) because the ACD is not available.  In my opinion, a person with no prior shoplifting record should not be denied the ACD just because the dollar amount of the stolen merchandise is above the prosecutor's cutoff for an ACD.  Oftentimes, with some effort on my part, the prosecutors will back off their refusal to grant the ACD and then my client does not have to take the 240.20. 

Another common pitfall that inexperienced NYC shoplifting lawyers experience is the confusion over what it means to have a 240.20 conviction sealed.  Lawyers may tell their client that the 240.20 is not a crime, that it is just a violation and that the record will be "sealed."  However, what the lawyer fails to tell the client is that the record of the conviction is only partially sealed.  There is a big difference between a fully sealed record and a partially sealed record.  The reason that the client is not told that the record is only partially sealed is because many lawyers, even some experienced NYC shoplifting lawyers, simply do not understand the differences between the CPL 160.50 full sealing and the CPL 160.55 partial sealing. 

In a nutshell, an ACD results in a full sealing under 160.50 because the ACD results in a complete dismissal of the shoplifting charge. On the other hand, a 240.20 conviction results in a partial sealing under 160.55 because the shoplifting charge is not completely dismissed but just reduced.  I make sure that any client of mine who pleads to the 240.20 fully understands that the record will only be partially sealed.  The client will also fully understand what parts of the record are sealed and what parts are not sealed.   In some instances, a client who truly understands the difference between the sealing statutes will not settle for the 240.20 because they will understand that their case file will remain open in the courthouse if they accept the 240.20. 

Under a partial seal pursuant to cpl 160.55, the court file will still be open and available to background checkers who will be able to see that the person was originally arrested for shoplifting but pleaded down to a violation.  Although, technically the person does not have a criminal record and has not been convicted of a crime, the fact that the case file is open to the public and to background checkers could potentially cause issues with one's employment and educational goals.  With an ACD, the case is dismissed and the court file is sealed  as per CPL 160.50 and not available to background checkers

Another problem area with lawyers inexperienced with NYC shoplifting cases is their assumption that an ACD is always the best solution.  While that is true in most instances it is important to note that for some people, notably those in the financial services, an ACD might be harmful to one's career, (see below.) Again, talk to an experienced criminal defense lawyer about your particular circumstances.  Get a lawyer who is familiar with shoplifting in NYC and who has worked with NYC prosecutors on shoplifting cases. With the right legal representation and when an ACD could create career issues sometimes the prosecutors assigned to the case or their superiors will consent to outright dismissals in the interest of justice.

​Remember that employers and schools view theft convictions harshly and that criminal convictions in New York State-including anywhere in New York city--remain on one's record for at least ten years.  There is never any expungement of anyone's criminal court record in New York and a shoplifting conviction cannot be sealed for at least ten years.  That means that a conviction for theft in New York will be available for background checkers to see for at least ten years.  And unmlike the disorderly condcut conviction which the background checker will likely have to go to the courthouse to see, all a potential employer needs to do to see a misdemeanor shoplifting conviction is run an OCA background check.  The shoplifting conviction will pop up for at ten years.   Then, after ten years it will still be there unless the person with the conviction files a motion to get the record sealed and the court grants the motion.

The moral here is that anyone caught shoplifting here in Manhattan or the Bronx, Queens,  Brooklyn or Staten Island should try to get the best shoplifting lawyer they can before going to court.  Frequently people who have been represented by other criminal defense lawyers will call me the day after they have entered a guilty plea expressing remorse over entering the plea.  I have to tell them that they called me too late and that there is nothing that I can do now.  Guilty pleas in New York City Criminal Court can almost never be withdrawn so people should never enter one unless they are 100 percent sure that is what they want to do.

But the fact that the ACD is available does not mean that everyone is entitled to get caught shoplifting once without needing to worry about the consequence.  Even shoplifting arrests without convictions can have substantial consequences.  For example, employees of the NYC Department of Education must report all arrests, including shoplifting arrests, in writing to the Office of Personnel Investigations, they may also have to notify their school administrator and their  UFT representative.  In fact, many government employees are obligated to report any arrest to their superiors. 

Moreover, things can get very tricky for those in the financial services.  An ACD might not be a solution for anyone currently working in or contemplating a career in financial services. These people may find their career in jeopardy with the ACD since many financial institutions have to abide by FDIC regulations and Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (FDIA), states that the FDIA

“prohibits, without the prior written consent of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), a person convicted of any criminal offense involving dishonesty or breach of trust or money laundering (covered offenses), or who has agreed to enter into a pretrial diversion or similar program in connection with a prosecution for such offense, from becoming or continuing as an institution-affiliated party, owning or controlling, directly or indirectly an insured depository institution (insured institution), or otherwise participating, directly or indirectly, in the conduct of the affairs of the insured institution. In addition, the law forbids an insured institution from permitting such a person to engage in any conduct or to continue any relationship prohibited by section 19.”

Although the above paragraph talks of persons "convicted"  and not just arrested.  It is important to note that the FDIC treats people who have agreed to enter a "pretrial diversion program" the same as those who have been convicted.  Several years ago there was a Federal Court Decision in New York  which held that that an ACD was tantamount to a pre-trial services program.  This means that persons who receive an ACD for shoplifting might put their financial careers in worse jeopardy then a person who simply pleaded their shoplifting charge down to a disorderly conduct charge.  

For persons in the financial industry charged with shoplifting, it is important to discuss their FDIC concerns with their attorney.  An experienced shoplifting attorney might be able to convince the prosecutors to fashion a dismissal of the shoplifting charge without having the dismissal fall under the ACD provision of CPL 170.55.  That should lessen the risk of incurring the wrath of the FDIC.   

the bottom line is that a shoplifting arrest in New York City whether it is in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn or Staten Island should be taken very seriously and people are wise to seek out the best lawyer that they can afford BEFORE they go to court.  Call me at 212-786-2999 BEFORE you plead guilty if you have any questions about your NYC shoplifting charge.

DISCLAIMER: ATTORNEY ADVERTISING-NOTHING ON THIS PAGE OR ANY OTHER PAGE IS TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. ALWAYS CONSULT A LAWYER FOR YOUR LEGAL NEEDS. If you or a loved one was recently arrested for shoplifting in NYC, Speak to an experienced shoplifting lawyer before going to court.  Know your options and make a plan ahead of time to avoid the damage that a shoplifting conviction can do.

Manhattan, with all of its high-end luxury stores has been called the shoplifting capital of the nation.  A shoplifting conviction in Manhattan, just like anywhere else in New York State, is considered a crime of theft and can have serious consequences.  Getting caught shoplifting in Manhattan usually means being charged with a misdemeanor petit larceny when the amount stolen is under $1,000 and felony grand larceny with amounts over $1,000--at Manhattan prices that's barely two Burberry scarves. 

Shoplifting charges require the assistance of an experienced shoplifting lawyer in all instances. Although jail is not usually imposed for a first time shoplifting conviction, a person's reputation, their ability to get a loan, to attend school, to remain in the country if they are not a citizen, their ability to obtain and retain professional licenses and their ability to work can be severely compromised by a shoplifting conviction.  

The reason that shoplifting charges must be handled with the utmost care by an experienced lawyer is because shoplifting is considered theft and having a record for theft can have severe consequences. For example, for immigration purposes a shoplifting conviction can prevent citizenship, a green card or even result in deportation.   Shoplifting, like other thefts can easily short circuit a person's aspirations for a career in law, law enforcement, education,  even the military.  Also, a shoplifting record will disqualify a person from obtaining a job in a financial institution that is FDIC approved such as a bank.   

It cannot be overemphasized that the last thing anyone needs on their record is a shoplifting conviction because of a one time lapse in judgement. That is true for people already settled into their careers as well as persons still seeking to attain their career goals.  Anyone with a pending shoplifting charge from Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens or Brooklyn who cares about their future should contact an experienced NYC shoplifting attorney before they go to court. Shoplifting cases must be handled correctly and there are pitfalls to the inexperienced attorney. 

Before discussing the pitfalls that inexperienced NYC shoplifting lawyer can fall into, it is important to understand that, in many cases, persons caught shoplifting for the first time in NYC can often avoid a shoplifting conviction if the prosecutor offers to reduce the charge to a CPL 240.20 (disorderly conduct) or, better yet, the prosecutor agrees to an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal under CPL 170.55 ("ACD").  Indeed, the various prosecutor's offices in the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn DA offices have policies that will allow people with otherwise clean records who are accused of shoplifting under certain dollar amounts to avoid a shoplifting conviction without having to go to trial. Any NYC shoplifting lawyer, even an inexperienced one, will know about the ACD.  

In many instances, a person can arrange to consent to an ("ACD").  Getting an ACD often means taking a one-time anti-shoplifting class and doing a day of community service work and agreeing to stay out of trouble for six months.  Talk to your shoplifting lawyer about how to get this disposition.  Sometimes, the prosecutors, under certain circumstances, will even allow people to get their charges dismissed earlier than the normal 6-month ACD adjournment time.  If the ACD is not available, oftentimes the prosecutors will offer to reduce the shoplifting charge to a CPL 240, 20 disorderly conduct. In most instances, the ACD is favorable to the 240.20.

One trap that many new lawyers fall into with a nyc shoplifting case with the ACD is when the prosecutor tells the lawyer that their client is not eligible for the ACD just because the dollar amount of the stolen items is above the prosecutor's cutoff amount for an ACD.  In this situation, instead of negotiating further with the prosecutor to attain the ACD, or going over the prosecutor's head to the prosecutor's bureau chief, the inexperienced lawyer just goes back to their client and tells their client to take the prosecutor's offer of a reduction to a CPL 240.20 (disorderly conduct) because the ACD is not available.  In my opinion, a person with no prior shoplifting record should not be denied the ACD just because the dollar amount of the stolen merchandise is above the prosecutor's cutoff for an ACD.  Oftentimes, with some effort on my part, the prosecutors will back off their refusal to grant the ACD and then my client does not have to take the 240.20. 

Another common pitfall that inexperienced NYC shoplifting lawyers experience is the confusion over what it means to have a 240.20 conviction sealed.  Lawyers may tell their client that the 240.20 is not a crime, that it is just a violation and that the record will be "sealed."  However, what the lawyer fails to tell the client is that the record of the conviction is only partially sealed.  There is a big difference between a fully sealed record and a partially sealed record.  The reason that the client is not told that the record is only partially sealed is because many lawyers, even some experienced NYC shoplifting lawyers, simply do not understand the differences between the CPL 160.50 full sealing and the CPL 160.55 partial sealing. 

In a nutshell, an ACD results in a full sealing under 160.50 because the ACD results in a complete dismissal of the shoplifting charge. On the other hand, a 240.20 conviction results in a partial sealing under 160.55 because the shoplifting charge is not completely dismissed but just reduced.  I make sure that any client of mine who pleads to the 240.20 fully understands that the record will only be partially sealed.  The client will also fully understand what parts of the record are sealed and what parts are not sealed.   In some instances, a client who truly understands the difference between the sealing statutes will not settle for the 240.20 because they will understand that their case file will remain open in the courthouse if they accept the 240.20. 

Under a partial seal pursuant to cpl 160.55, the court file will still be open and available to background checkers who will be able to see that the person was originally arrested for shoplifting but pleaded down to a violation.  Although, technically the person does not have a criminal record and has not been convicted of a crime, the fact that the case file is open to the public and to background checkers could potentially cause issues with one's employment and educational goals.  With an ACD, the case is dismissed and the court file is sealed  as per CPL 160.50 and not available to background checkers

Another problem area with lawyers inexperienced with NYC shoplifting cases is their assumption that an ACD is always the best solution.  While that is true in most instances it is important to note that for some people, notably those in the financial services, an ACD might be harmful to one's career, (see below.) Again, talk to an experienced criminal defense lawyer about your particular circumstances.  Get a lawyer who is familiar with shoplifting in NYC and who has worked with NYC prosecutors on shoplifting cases. With the right legal representation and when an ACD could create career issues sometimes the prosecutors assigned to the case or their superiors will consent to outright dismissals in the interest of justice.

​Remember that employers and schools view theft convictions harshly and that criminal convictions in New York State-including anywhere in New York city--remain on one's record for at least ten years.  There is never any expungement of anyone's criminal court record in New York and a shoplifting conviction cannot be sealed for at least ten years.  That means that a conviction for theft in New York will be available for background checkers to see for at least ten years.  And unmlike the disorderly condcut conviction which the background checker will likely have to go to the courthouse to see, all a potential employer needs to do to see a misdemeanor shoplifting conviction is run an OCA background check.  The shoplifting conviction will pop up for at ten years.   Then, after ten years it will still be there unless the person with the conviction files a motion to get the record sealed and the court grants the motion.

The moral here is that anyone caught shoplifting here in Manhattan or the Bronx, Queens,  Brooklyn or Staten Island should try to get the best shoplifting lawyer they can before going to court.  Frequently people who have been represented by other criminal defense lawyers will call me the day after they have entered a guilty plea expressing remorse over entering the plea.  I have to tell them that they called me too late and that there is nothing that I can do now.  Guilty pleas in New York City Criminal Court can almost never be withdrawn so people should never enter one unless they are 100 percent sure that is what they want to do.

But the fact that the ACD is available does not mean that everyone is entitled to get caught shoplifting once without needing to worry about the consequence.  Even shoplifting arrests without convictions can have substantial consequences.  For example, employees of the NYC Department of Education must report all arrests, including shoplifting arrests, in writing to the Office of Personnel Investigations, they may also have to notify their school administrator and their  UFT representative.  In fact, many government employees are obligated to report any arrest to their superiors. 

Moreover, things can get very tricky for those in the financial services.  An ACD might not be a solution for anyone currently working in or contemplating a career in financial services. These people may find their career in jeopardy with the ACD since many financial institutions have to abide by FDIC regulations and Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (FDIA), states that the FDIA

“prohibits, without the prior written consent of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), a person convicted of any criminal offense involving dishonesty or breach of trust or money laundering (covered offenses), or who has agreed to enter into a pretrial diversion or similar program in connection with a prosecution for such offense, from becoming or continuing as an institution-affiliated party, owning or controlling, directly or indirectly an insured depository institution (insured institution), or otherwise participating, directly or indirectly, in the conduct of the affairs of the insured institution. In addition, the law forbids an insured institution from permitting such a person to engage in any conduct or to continue any relationship prohibited by section 19.”

Although the above paragraph talks of persons "convicted"  and not just arrested.  It is important to note that the FDIC treats people who have agreed to enter a "pretrial diversion program" the same as those who have been convicted.  Several years ago there was a Federal Court Decision in New York  which held that that an ACD was tantamount to a pre-trial services program.  This means that persons who receive an ACD for shoplifting might put their financial careers in worse jeopardy then a person who simply pleaded their shoplifting charge down to a disorderly conduct charge.  

For persons in the financial industry charged with shoplifting, it is important to discuss their FDIC concerns with their attorney.  An experienced shoplifting attorney might be able to convince the prosecutors to fashion a dismissal of the shoplifting charge without having the dismissal fall under the ACD provision of CPL 170.55.  That should lessen the risk of incurring the wrath of the FDIC.   

the bottom line is that a shoplifting arrest in New York City whether it is in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn or Staten Island should be taken very seriously and people are wise to seek out the best lawyer that they can afford BEFORE they go to court.  Call me at 212-786-2999 BEFORE you plead guilty if you have any questions about your NYC shoplifting charge.

DISCLAIMER: ATTORNEY ADVERTISING-NOTHING ON THIS PAGE OR ANY OTHER PAGE IS TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. ALWAYS CONSULT A LAWYER FOR YOUR LEGAL NEEDS.