Theft, which is also known as larceny, is committed any time a person wrongfully takes property. If you have been accused of committing theft, it's important to speak to a criminal defense attorney right away. Contact Worden & Carbitcher today to discuss your charges.
What are the types of larceny?
Larceny crimes are divided into two degrees - Grand Larceny and Petit Larceny.
Petit Larceny occurs when the value of the property stolen is less than $1000 and/or the property is not taken from another person. Punishments range from up to 6 months in jail or fines between $10 - $500.
Grand Larceny, on the other hand, exceeds the $1000 limit of petit larceny or the property was taken from another person, even if the amount is under $1000. Grand larceny becomes a felony charge rather than a misdemeanor.
Punishments for Grand Larceny vary. If the amount stolen is greater than $1000, the punishment is a maximum jail time of 1 year and a max fine of $1000. However, if the property taken includes firearms, was stolen from another person, or ranges between $1000 and $2500, the punishment can go up to two years at the Department of Corrections, or one year jail time and up to $1000 in fines.
If the property stolen reaches between $2500 and $15,000, you could be facing up to five years in jail. If it exceeds $15,000, jail time can go up to eight years.
These are serious consequences. If you're facing a larceny charge of any kind, it's pertinent that you meet with an attorney as soon as possible.
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