NYC Criminal Defense Lawyer

Contact Julie Rendelman Today For A Free Consultation:

(212) 951-1232

Theft of Service

New York Penal Law Section 165.15 governs the law of Theft of Services. In essence, theft of services is defined as the obtaining of services by deception, fraud, or unlawful means.  

Leaving a cab without paying the fare or jumping a subway turnstile are examples of Theft of Services. Another example is riding the bus without paying the fare.

One type of Theft of Services is eating a meal in a restaurant and leaving without paying. A similar type is leaving a hotel without paying for your room.

The Theft of Services laws applies to utilities and telecommunications as well. Attempting to obtain or obtaining, “cable television service, or any gas, steam, sewer, water, electrical, telegraph or telephone service,” without paying, constitutes a crime under the law. There are numerous means prohibited by the Penal Law by which one can obtain these services including, but not limited to, paying for the service with a stolen credit card, using a fake name with the service provider, or employing certain technical equipment, such as a decoder or descrambler, to gain access to these services. The law also prohibits selling these services on your own in a manner not allowed by the supplier.

While some believe that theft of services is a minor crime, it must be treated seriously, as it is a Class A  misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year incarceration.  While jail is unlikely for a first time offense of Theft of Services,  any disposition involving theft  can have a negative impact on future employment and immigration status.

Therefore, it is imperative to speak to a New York criminal defense attorney if you are charged with Theft of Services.  The Law Offices of Julie Rendelman, LLC, is committed to defending clients in both New York State and Federal cases. Call for a free consultation at 212-951-1232.

Contact Us Now

To receive your free consultation - simply fill out the form below.

Call Or Visit Our Office

Let Julie Rendelman help resolve your legal issue.

Click To Call: 212.951.1232

The Law Offices Of Julie Rendelman , LLC

212.951.1232

535 5th Ave #2525

New York, NY 10017

www.RendelmanLaw.com

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship and receipt or viewing does not constitute such relationship.


© 2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.