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Theft and Larceny

When a person takes something of value without the owner’s consent, or through fraud, with the intention of permanently depriving the owner of the value of the property, it is generally considered theft/larceny.

In most states, there are varying degrees of theft, which may include shoplifting, stealing during a burglary or robbery, fraud and writing bad checks. In many states there are degrees of theft, such as “grand” or “petty,” which indicate the value of the stolen property.

If you have been charged with theft or larceny, connect with a criminal defense attorney to begin planning your defense. Simply fill out the free case evaluation form below or call us at 877-445-1059.

Theft and Larceny Charges

Generally speaking, larceny is a crime that involves a physical object, whereas a theft can apply to both tangible and intangible objects. The usage of these distinctions varies by state and jurisdiction, and many states simply use theft to cover larceny as well as stealing, embezzlement, and other related crimes.

There are typically two types of theft of larceny: petty, involving smaller amounts, and grand. The distinction between petty and grand theft or larceny is interpreted differently in different jurisdictions. In New York state, for example, the line is drawn at $1,000. However, in Virginia, the line is $5. A local criminal defense attorney may be able to help determine exactly which charges you face.

Theft and Larceny Penalties

Because theft and larceny are charged on the state level, sentencing depends on where the offense was committed. Petty theft or larceny is often a misdemeanor, whereas grand theft or larceny charges may be misdemeanor or felony, depending on the amount stolen, whether the defendant was armed, and other circumstances. Repeat offenders may face life in prison.

Speak With a Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with theft or larceny, you can speak with a local criminal defense lawyer about the charge you may be facing. Total Criminal Defense can help you find a local lawyer who can give you advice on how to handle your case. Call toll-free at 877-445-1059 or fill out a free case evaluation form to connect you with a lawyer near you.

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The above summaries of theft and larceny are by no means all-inclusive and are not legal advice. Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on theft and larceny laws, speak to a criminal defense attorney in your area.


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