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Larceny is the crime of stealing someone else’s property without coercion. Most larceny crimes are misdemeanors, but depending on the value of the property stolen, some larceny crimes, classified as “grand” larceny, are felony offenses. The main distinction between robbery and larceny is that larceny crimes do not involve forcibly taking property from a victim.
For instance, a burglar must “break in” to a victim’s home to steal property. Burglary may involve trespassing on personal property, bodily harm to the victim, sexual assault, and other crimes. Larceny occurs when a person simply withholds or unlawfully takes another person’s property without force or physical harm to the victim.
Below, we’ll discuss the nature of larceny and examine the different types of theft that constitute a larceny charge.
When a person commits the crime of larceny, they may be attempting to:
Not all types of larceny are the same, and depending on the value of the property that the defendant unlawfully takes, larceny could be a felony offense.
There are two main types of larceny in Virginia, petty larceny and grand larceny. Most instances of larceny are classified as petty larceny and are therefore misdemeanors under Virginia law. However, instances of larceny classified as grand larceny based on the worth of the items taken could be classified as a felony in Virginia.
Petty larceny is classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Petty larceny is punishable by up to 12 months in jail, a $2,500 fine, or both.
Grand larceny is classified as a felony in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Grand larceny is punishable by a state prison sentence of at least one but not more than 20 years, or at the discretion of the jury or court trying the case, a maximum of 12 months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.
Were you charged with the crime of larceny in the Commonwealth of Virginia? If so, you need the Virginia Beach criminal defense attorneys at Invictus Law in your corner. Being charged with larceny, even if it was just petty larceny, can come with serious consequences. A conviction for petty larceny could land you in jail for up to a year, and a grand larceny charge comes with a possible 20-year prison sentence.
If you have been arrested and charged with larceny in Virginia, don’t wait to get the qualified legal help you deserve. Call our offices at (757) 317-5125 today.