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Understanding grand larceny charges

Being accused of theft is a serious accusation. Whether it is something small or something large, stealing something can result in serious criminal consequences. Facing theft allegations could tarnish a person's reputation as his or her criminal history could seep into their personal or professional life. Thus, it is important for individuals to not only understand the crime they are charged with but also the potential penalties he or she could face. This could help them take the steps needed to initiate and progress an aggressive criminal defense.

Typically, grand larceny means that a larger amount of money or property of value was stolen. In some states it actually equates to $1000. However, Virginia is different when it comes to this criminal statute,

With regards to grand larceny, the code of Virginia defines this crime in three stages. To begin, grand larceny occurs when a person steal money or property that is valued at $5 or more from another person.

Simple larceny occurs when a person steals the goods or chattels that are valued $200 or more, but is not from a person. Simple larceny also occurs when firearms are stolen not from a person and regardless of the firearm's value. Grand larceny is punishable by imprisonment between one and 20 years. However, the jury has discretion to implement a punishment of not more than 12 months and fine that does not exceed $2,500.

Because the penalties can be harsh, it is important to consider the defense options available to those facing grand larceny charges. This means considering the evidence used against the accused and whether it is credible. It might be possible to suppress evidence, helping a defendant reduce or even dismiss the charges against them.

Source:, "ยง 18.2-95. Grand larceny defined; how punished," accessed April 17, 2018

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