Larceny and Shoplifting in Virginia

Larceny and Shoplifting Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with Larceny, there are two basic types.  You may have been charged with Grand Larceny — meaning the government believes you stole an item or items worth $200 or more, or the charge could be Petit Larceny — meaning the government believes you stole an item or items worth less than $200. Larceny is the general term for a theft, but many people think of shoplifting. Shoplifting is one type of larceny, and when someone is believed to have stolen from a store, that person will often be charged with that crime, or with the crime of concealment.

If you were charged as a result of a shoplifting incident, there are many ways we can help. Our firm has experience handling these incidents, and there may be defenses available that you are unaware of, or ways to settle the matter privately with the retailer and avoid a criminal conviction. Every case is different, and the only way to know for sure which strategy is right for your situation is to come meet with us for a free consultation so that we can talk about the details of your shoplifting or other theft incident. Of course, a theft charge can result from other incidents that are not related to shoplifting as well.

Another form of felony theft is “from the Person”.  One way to think of this would be a pickpocket. Virginia Code § 18.2-95 says, “Any person who. . .commits larceny from the person of another of money or other thing of value of $5 or more . . .shall be guilty of grand larceny.” So a person who, without using any confrontation or violence, slipped a $10 bill out of another person’s pocket might be charged with this felony crime.

You can also be charged with a felony if you steal a firearm from anywhere. This crime is punishable by imprisonment in a state correctional facility for not less than one nor more than twenty years or jail for a period up to twelve months and a fine of up to $2,500.

Petit Larceny is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and up to a $2,500 fine.  With both charges, if found guilty, the judge would likely order the defendant to pay restitution to the victim (to pay back the victim for whatever was taken).

Our firm defends clients on these charges in courts of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Hampton, and throughout Hampton Roads. We look for creative solutions and strategies to help our clients resolve these criminal charges in a way that best reaches their own goals. Contact us today for a free consultation on your case if you have been charged with Larceny in Hampton Roads.