We Employ a Variety of Defenses

Property crime charges are so common in the city; however, false accusations of these crimes are also common.

At Aidala Bertuna & Kamins PC, we defend people who have been accused of theft crimes, along with other property-related charges. Give us a call today to discuss your specific case. You can reach our firm at 212-486-0011. We have offices in Brooklyn and Manhattan and serve clients throughout the New York City area.

What Kind Of Theft Offense Have You Been Charged With?

There are many different kinds of property crimes, from passing a few bad checks or taking money from an employer (embezzlement) to complex schemes of fraud. Punishment also varies widely according to the value of what was taken.

There is obviously a big difference between a charge of shoplifting (petty theft) and a more serious charge like burglary, car theft or robbery. We tailor our representation accordingly, always with a plan in mind to assert your rights effectively.

Not all property crimes involve theft. Our lawyers also defend individuals charged with breaking and entering, vandalism and arson.

Aidala Bertuna & Kamins PC: Energetic New York Property Crime Defense

We employ a variety of defenses in theft crimes. Some of these include:

  • Mistaken identity: “I didn’t steal anything.”
  • Justification: “I had to take the rake from the hardware store to keep a dog from biting a child.”
  • Duress: “These guys said they would shoot me if I didn’t steal the liquor.”
  • Renunciation: “I was part of a group that intended to rob that store, but I ran away before the act occurred.”
  • No intent to steal: “I didn’t have a basket, so I put the hair spray in my purse, and forgot I put it there.”


We examine evidence, including police reports, witness statements and more. When we are sure of the facts of the case, we fashion a defense strategy to minimize negative consequences to you that arise from these charges. In some cases, we negotiate an optimal deal with the prosecution; in others, we go to trial with a plan to attack the prosecution’s case. However, we never make a decision without consulting you first.