Criminal Defense Attorneys Fighting Theft Charges
Larceny and Theft Law
Law defines larceny as “the taking of personal property accomplished by fraud or stealth, and with intent to deprive another thereof.” This is a flexible definition that allows prosecutors significant leeway while bringing charges for acts of stealing, robbery or burglary. It can encompass the basic theft of an item, such as shoplifting, or a more complicated “con man” scheme where someone fraudulently takes something of property.
The important thing you need to know is that there is no such thing as a petty theft crime. No matter how inexpensive an item involved in theft or larceny is, the consequences are serious and can affect you for the rest of your life. In addition to jail time and a fine, having a theft conviction on your record can make it far more difficult for to obtain employment.
Larceny is separated into categories of escalating seriousness based on the dollar amount of the property illegally taken. “Petit larceny” occurs when the value of the property is less than $500, and “grand larceny” is when the value is greater than $500. The most important distinction between the two is that grand larceny is a felony and can result in a prison term of up to five years.