Virginia Larceny Laws

Larceny is the crime of trespassing onto another person’s property and taking items unlawfully. Virginia takes larceny very seriously, and sentences offenders accordingly. In fact, if the value of the stolen items is more than $200, a person may be charged with a felony offense. If you have recently been arrested for larceny, it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced Virginia larceny attorney who can defend you against your pending charges.

There are several types of larceny charges, including petit larceny, grand larceny, and larceny by deception. Petit larceny is the theft of items under a set monetary value, while grand larceny is the theft of items over a set monetary value. Larceny by deception occurs when a person tricks the victim into giving up his or her property.

Larceny is composed of two elements: trespassing and transporting. When a person trespasses, it means that he or she enters property that belongs to another person, and, in doing so, interferes with another person’s rights and property. Larceny laws may apply to someone who takes something while knowing that it belongs to another person. On the other hand, if the person does not know that the property belonged to someone else, he or she may be found not guilty of committing larceny.

When a person transports stolen property away from the legal owner and without his or her consent, he or she is committing larceny. If the property is not removed from the premises, then it can be argued that larceny did not occur. Please note that “theft of services” is not considered larceny.

In a larceny case, the prosecution must prove the defendant entered property belonging to another person, and took it from the premises without the owner’s consent. The prosecution must also show intent, meaning the defendant developed a plan to take the property and to deprive the owner of his or her property forever.

The Law Office of Michael C. Tillotson assists clients who have been accused of larceny in Virginia. Our defense attorneys understand that larceny cases are rarely clear cut. They will build a solid defense in an effort to help you avoid the ramifications of a conviction.

For a free, no-obligation case evaluation, please contact The Law Office of Michael C. Tillotson today.

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