Defined, larceny means the wrongful or fraudulent taking of things of value, belonging to another, without that person or business' consent, and with the intention to permanently deprive them of the value of the items taken.
In order to be found guilty of larceny, the prosecution must show:
Petty larceny is a misdemeanor, but grand larceny is a felony. Depending on the value of the items you are accused of taking, you can be accused of either offense. To be charged with misdemeanor larceny, the value of the goods must be worth less than $200. You can also be charged with misdemeanor larceny if you took things directly off of the body of a person worth less than $5.
Misdemeanor larceny can result in 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine. If you are charged with a second larceny offense, you will have a mandatory 30-day jail sentence. If you are charged with a third misdemeanor larceny conviction, this charge will be upgraded to a Class 6 Felony (due to the Three Strikes Rule).
Grand larceny is a felony and can involve the theft of things worth $200 or more, the theft of things from the body of a person worth $5 or more or theft carried out with a firearm or gun (regardless of the value of the items stolen). If you stole more than one of the same items in the course of a grand larceny, you can be charged with grand larceny with intent to resale the merchandise.
If you are a first-time offender and are convicted of grand larceny, you can be sentenced from one to 20 years in state prison and can be fined a maximum of $2,500. Alternatively, you can be sentenced to jail for a period not to exceed 12 months. Grand larceny with intent to resale the merchandise carries a minimum prison sentence of two years (VA Code Section 18.2-108.01).
Shoplifting is larceny and is mentioned in Virginia Code Section 18.2-103. Shoplifting can include hiding, concealing and taking merchandise, altering price tags, or transferring items from one container to another. Based on the value of the items stolen, you can be charged with either misdemeanor or felony shoplifting (items taken valued at $200,000 or more).
Theft is a crime of moral turpitude. If you are convicted of larceny, your reputation will be tarnished and this could affect future educational and employment opportunities. Don't delay in securing the aggressive criminal defense you need on your side! Curcione Law will make sure that each angle of your case is investigated, all evidence is collected and each witness is interviewed.
Witness accounts and evidence are important in these cases and we will utilize them to aid in your defense. We will do everything in our power to obtain a charge dismissal or reduction; there are also various plea bargains we can pursue on your behalf. Sometimes, a prosecutor will decide not to pursue the charge. Each theft charge is different and each defendant's circumstances are unique, which is why we will craft the most compelling defense suited to your situation.
We will explore each option available to you, thoroughly walk you through each option and help you make the decision that is best for you, your family and your future. For integrity and experience you can trust to represent you in or out of the courtroom, speak with a Norfolk criminal defense attorney at Curcione Law today!
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