If you've been arrested for shoplifting or petty theft, you are probably worried about the effect of a criminal conviction on your record. If you are facing charges of grand larceny, auto theft, or robbery, you are likely worried about staying out of jail.
At the law firm of Ronald E. Smith, P.C., we have the knowledge and experience needed to provide effective and aggressive defense against theft, burglary, and larceny charges. Our criminal defense lawyers know how to analyze evidence, pinpoint weaknesses in the prosecution's case, negotiate favorable plea bargains and defend you in a criminal trial.
Call 703-539-5825 for a free telephone consultation regarding your theft-related criminal charges including:
Explaining Grand Larceny vs. Petty Larceny in Virginia
If you were arrested for a theft crime in Fairfax or the surrounding areas, you could be charged with either petty larceny or grand larceny. Under Virginia law, petty larceny is stealing something worth less $200.00 and is usually a misdemeanor. If the value of the property was $200 or more, the theft will be charges as grand larceny. Grand larceny is a felony theft crime. A mugging, purse snatching or theft of property from a person is also grand larceny, if the property stolen is valued at $5 or more.
What Are the Possible Sentences if Convicted of Larceny?
Petty larceny (also referred to as petit larceny in Virginia) is a class 1 misdemeanor and the maximum sentence is 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine. Grand larceny is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Is There Some Way to Avoid Going to Jail?
Of course, if you are acquitted (found "not guilty"), you will not face any consequences. If you are facing charges of shoplifting or petty theft, your criminal defense attorney may be able to negotiate a plea agreement that allows you to avoid jail time. In some cases, restitution, community service and other alternative sentences may be available.
Contact Us in Fairfax, VA for a Free Initial Consultation
If you need criminal defense services in connection with a grand larceny or other theft-related charge, we can help. Contact us to schedule a free phone consultation. We look forward to answering your questions.