Theft of Services & Restaurants

Second only to Theft of Services crimes in New York involving cab fares and subways, New York criminal lawyers often represent individuals accused of New York Penal Law 165.15(2). An “A” misdemeanor, NY PL 165.15 is punishable by up to one year in jail whether you dashed on your bill at a restaurant in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens or anywhere else in the metro New York City area. In substance, you are guilty of Theft of Services pursuant to this subsection when you intentionally avoid paying for restaurant services or attempt to do the same.

As noted in the main section for Theft of Services crimes, it is highly unlikely that a first time offender arrested or given a New York City Desk Appearance Ticket for any subsection of NY PL 165.15 would be incarcerated for an extended period of time outside his or her initial arrest. However, the greater concern is not merely time spent in custody, but how a theft offense can permanently blemish a clean record to the point where it “pops” years down the road and impacts certifications, licensing or career opportunities.

Obviously, each case requires its own distinct analysis that you and your criminal attorney will diligently work through. When doing so, make sure you not only assess the case from a legal perspective, ie, investigate the potential grounds for dismissal or mitigation, but that you also address the potential collateral consequences.

For in depth content on the crimes on Theft of Services, Desk Appearance Tickets and other crimes in New York, please follow the highlighted links here and above. Additionally the New York Criminal Lawyer Blog is a searchable resource where analysis of statutes and cases can be found. In fact, among many entries on the blog, readers can find an article addressing legal decisions impacting “restaurant services” in the context of Theft of Services and bars. As a more generally secondary source, please review Crotty Saland PC’s NYDeskAppearanceTicket.Com .

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