Larceny is a serious crime under Virginia law, and the penalties can be unusually strict. Even a first offense larceny/shoplifting charge is a felony if the item stolen is valued at over $200. Any shoplifting or larceny charge of items worth under $200 is still a serious misdemeanor criminal charge.
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What is Larceny under Virginia Criminal Law?
Larceny is the act of depriving someone of the use of, or otherwise stealing or theft of property, goods or money. Shoplifting in Virginia falls under Virginia larceny laws.
Different classes of larceny include:
- Grand Larceny: Theft of $200 or more (Felony)
- Petite Larceny: (Petty Larceny) Theft of less than $200 (Misdemeanor)
- Receiving Stolen Property: Felony ($200 and above) or Misdemeanor (less than $200)
- Theft of Services
- Writing Bad Checks
- Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle
Penalties for Shoplifting/Larceny
The penalty for larceny is entirely depending on the value of the goods or services stolen.
Larceny/Theft/Shoplifting of items valued at over $200 is a felony, with a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
Larceny/Theft/Shoplifting of items valued at under $200 is a misdemeanor, with a maximum sentence of up to 1 year in jail.
Two prior offenses of misdemeanor larceny may make any subsequent offense a felony.
Can I Beat a Larceny Charge?
Yes. Challenges to larceny charges often center around the element of intent. Can the prosecution prove that you intended to steal something? I will make them prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the theft wasn’t accidental or a simple oversight.
In cases of receiving stolen property, the prosecutor must be able to prove that you knew that the items in question were stolen.
We can also challenge the value of the items taken. If I can convince the judge that the property was worth less than $200, it is only a misdemeanor charge with much less severe penalties.
I will always look for every opportunity to get charges reduced from grand larceny down to petty larceny.
In cases of petty shoplifting, Virginia has programs in place where the accused can often plead guilty in exchange for restitution (paying back the victim) and community service.
One of the significant benefits of these programs is an opportunity to keep your record clean. A permanent criminal record can impact you for the rest of your life, reduce your job opportunities, and cause potential embarrassment, whenever anyone performs an increasingly common background check on you.
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Free Legal Case Evaluation and Consultation on Criminal Larceny Charges in VA
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