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How is Larceny Defined in Virginia?
Larceny is the taking of property of some value belonging to another person without that person’s permission. This can be done either by some sort of deception (such as sneaking into a person’s house and taking their valuables) or by taking something directly off of another person (such as purse-snatching).
How is larceny punished in Virginia?
Since July 1, 2020, if the value of the property taken is less than $1,000 or less than $5 if taken from a person it is petit larceny (Code Section 18.2-96), a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in prison and a $2500 fine. Since, July 1, 2020, if the value is over $1,000 or $5 or more if taken from a person it is grand larceny, which is a felony, and punishable by up to 20 years in prison (Code Section 18.2-95). Larceny is considered a crime of moral turpitude. This type of conviction can impact the credibility of your testimony in legal proceedings and can hurt your changes of finding employment.
Are You Eligible For First Offender Status for a Petit Larceny Charge?
If you have been charged with petit larceny, again which means having taken something of value less than $1,000 (which includes shoplifting), you may be eligible for “first offender status”. Naumovski Law is skilled in getting the courts to grant its clients first offender status for petit larceny charges. Under first offender status, a petit larceny would be DISMISSED upon a client completing any requisites of the court that has the case.
Are You Accused of Larceny?
If you are accused of a larceny, you should speak to a criminal defense lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses, and the complicated legal system. At Naumovski Law, our attorneys are prepared to fight for you and to protect your legal rights.