Speak with an experienced Arlington County Grand Larceny Attorney
At the Flynn Law Firm, we recognize how serious theft related crimes are, and how they can affect you and your livelihood, especially in Virginia. They can cause problems with employers, education, and many of these charges have serious collateral consequences, such as the loss of a security clearance, the right to vote or possess a firearm, and/or immigration consequences. You need a proven Arlington Grand Larceny Attorney to fight for you.
In Virginia, theft charges are still classified as larcenies, a term dating back hundreds of years. There are two classifications of larceny: Grand Larceny and Petit (pronounced “petty”) Larceny. Grand Larceny is an unclassified felony that has a penalty of up to twenty years in the penitentiary. Petit Larceny, on the other hand is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, with a potential consequence of up to one year in jail. Finally, there is Larceny with Intent to Sell. Larceny with Intent to Sell, like Grand Larceny is an unclassified felony with a maximum of up to 20 years. However, under this statute, there is a 2-year prison sentence if you are convicted.
There is only one difference between Grand Larceny and Petit Larceny, and that’s the value of the allegedly stolen item. If the value of the item is greater than $200, then it is considered felony Grand Larceny. Any item valued at $200 or less is a misdemeanor petit larceny.
A larceny is the intentional taking of the personal property of another, with the intent to deprive the owner of that property indefinitely. The thing about larcenies is that the crime is often accomplished (in theory) before the alleged perpetrator has left the premises. The prosecutor needs to prove that the perpetrator took (or concealed) merchandise, and that when they took / concealed it, they had the intent to take it from the owner and not return it. Because it is impossible to prove what someone is thinking, the prosecutor will use circumstantial evidence to “prove” what the alleged perpetrator was thinking. Thus, if an alleged shoplifter places an item in their pocket, and they look around to see if anyone saw them, and then speedily walks past all points of sale, then the prosecutor will use that as the proof of the shoplifter’s intent.
If you or someone you care about has been charged in Arlington County for Grand Larceny or a theft-related offense, contact the Flynn Law Firm for a free consultation. We are an African American law firm with 8 years of experience with grand larceny cases in Arlington County. These charges are serious, you deserve to be represented by an attorney that you trust and that will fight for you to the very end. Give us a call today for a free consultation.