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In Virginia, larceny refers to “the unlawful taking or carrying away of someone else’s personal property with the intent to deprive the owner of it permanently.” Larceny, whether in the form of theft, shoplifting or another crime against property, is an offense that can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the value of the money or goods in question and whether the property was taken off a person.

Many people are concerned about the impact of a larceny conviction on their future or their child’s future. All adult larceny convictions in Virginia will remain on a person’s permanent criminal record forever. Any larceny conviction can affect immigration status and may cause deportation or denial or status. Larceny crimes also carry severe social stigma and have a very negative effect on education and job applications in addition to the possibility of serious jail time.

The Fairfax theft crimes attorney of Nichols & Green PLLC can answer your questions and explain your rights and options during a free initial consultation. Contact the firm for assistance at (703)-383-9222.

Aggressive, Strategic Defense Representation

If you or your child has been charged with larceny, the skilled defense lawyers of Nichols & Green PLLC can represent you aggressively and strategically in court. We have helped many clients charged with property crimes, including countless situations in which charges have been dropped, reduced or dismissed after completing diversionary programs.

Equipped with strong legal knowledge, excellent trial skills and ample Fairfax County and northern Virginia experience, our lawyers can defend you against charges of:

  • Petty larceny or petit larceny: (from petit, French for “small”), which involves money or goods worth less than $5 taken from a person, or money or goods worth less than $1,000 not taken from a person
  • Grand larceny: which involves money or goods worth $5 or more if taken from a person or $1,000 or more if not taken from a person
  • Shoplifting: which can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony
  • Juvenile property crimes
  • Motor vehicle theft, robbery or burglary

Examples of Petty Theft in VA

In Virginia, petty or petit theft is defined as taking another person’s property with the intent to steal. As we mentioned earlier, the monetary threshold for a theft crime to be considered petty larceny is less than $1,000.

The following are a few examples of petty theft in VA:

  • Shoplifting
  • Stealing an item from someone’s home
  • Stealing money from a person’s wallet
  • Dining at a restaurant and leaving without paying the bill

Petty larceny is a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia. A conviction is punishable by a maximum jail term of 12 months and/or a fine of up to $2,500. 

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