Theft Offenses

Theft offenses can involve something as minor as shoplifting or non-payment of subway or bus fare to something as serious as armed robbery. Successful defense of these cases depends on a scrutinizing review of the discovery and a thorough investigation with an eye towards either excluding a person as being the perpetrator or towards offering a different narrative of what happened rather than confirming the prosecution’s theory of the case or the identification of the perpetrator. While this sounds simple enough to do, it takes a skillful trial attorney to handle these cases successfully. Ezra C. Levy is such an attorney.

Consider one of Ezra’s victories in the area of armed robbery allegations: R.P. was accused by two restaurant workers for coming in after closing and demanding and taking money from them at knifepoint. The two restaurant workers told the police that they struggled with R.P. and that they cut R.P. in the process. There was even a trail of blood leading out from the restaurant all the way to R.P.’s apartment. The police arrested R.P., and after finding out that he had prior robbery convictions were convinced that the investigation should be closed out. R.P. was indicted and was looking at a mandatory life sentence upon conviction. However, the more Ezra combed through the discovery, the more he knew that this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill robbery. Ezra figured out that what really happened was that R.P. was invited to remain at the restaurant after hours for some gambling. R.P. was winning big that night and the two restaurant workers accused R.P. of cheating. Things got a bit rough, a fight ensued, and one of the workers cut R.P. who ran out of the restaurant to save his own life. The workers, scared that R.P. might report them for assaulting him, made the call to 911 first and fabricated the account of a robbery.

It was one thing for Ezra to have figured it out, it was another thing to convince a jury that the prosecution’s theory was all wrong, that their witnesses were lying. But skillfully, one witness at a time, Ezra laid the groundwork for his masterful summation. The verdict: Not Guilty. R.P. vindicated and free rather than spending the rest of his life in prison for a crime he did not commit.

If you or a loved one are faced with an accusation of a theft offense, consider using an attorney with a proven track record in handling and winning these often-complex cases. Call the Law Offices of Ezra C. Levy

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