Larceny Encompasses A Wide Range Of Accusations Of Theft

Don't Take These Charges Lightly — Our Experienced Legal Team Is Ready To Help

Larceny, which is the theft of property from another person or from a business, is a common criminal charge. In Virginia, it encompasses everything from shoplifting to auto theft and burglary. The fact that it is prevalent does not mean a larceny charge can be taken lightly, however. Conviction — even if it is a misdemeanor — can result in up to one year in jail. It also can impact your job, your educational opportunities and more.

Virginia statutes separate larceny into two categories:

  • Misdemeanor or petit larceny is the theft of money or property that is valued at less than $200 from a place or the theft of money or property that is worth less than $5 directly from a person.
  • Felony or grand larceny is the theft of money or property valued at more than $200, the theft of money or property that is valued at more than $5 directly from the body of a person, or the theft of a firearm or gun regardless of the value.

Conviction of grand larceny in Virginia is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Repeat offenses come with enhanced penalties. A second conviction of petit larceny results in a minimum 30-day sentence, while a third conviction of petit larceny results in the charge being upgraded to a Class 6 felony.

Concealment Can Establish Intent

Under Virginia Code §18.2-103, the willful concealment of a store's merchandise while in the store can be considered prima facia evidence of an intent to defraud the owner even if you do not leave the store.

Clearly, larceny is taken seriously and prosecuted aggressively. If you or a family member faces petit or grand larceny charges, the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Boyce, Leahy & Francescon, Lawyers, in Manassas are prepared to advocate equally aggressively on your behalf. We represent clients in Prince William County and throughout North Virginia.

Defending Against Theft Charges

There are several possible strategies for defending against theft charges. A review of the facts involved in your case will help determine the best approach to take. There may have been no intent to steal property or an accused may have believed it was his or her property. In other cases, it may make sense to argue the threshold for grand larceny has not been met.

Our attorneys will carefully review the facts of your case and recommend an effective course of action. Call 703-656-7349 or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation.