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Theft and larceny charges vary greatly in Virginia

When you learn that you have been charged with a theft-related charge, you probably wonder how a conviction would change your life. The answer to that is that a conviction could seriously impact every aspect of your life. A criminal conviction for theft might prevent you from getting a job if the potential employer pulls your criminal history. It might stop you from being able to exercise certain privileges.

We know that you don't want to have to deal with the implications of a criminal conviction. While we can't guarantee that it will happen in every case, we can try to negotiate a plea bargain for you.

Regardless of the type of theft charge, such as shoplifting or larceny, we can help you to discover the options available for your case. This is important because some theft-related charges are felony charges and others are misdemeanor charges. The felony charges would have more serious consequences while the misdemeanor charges would have less serious consequences.

For example, if you are charged with grand larceny, you should understand that you are facing a felony charge that carries up to 20 years in prison. Petty larceny, however, is usually a misdemeanor charge that carries up to 12 months in jail. The difference between the two is the amount of the property that was stolen. Some mitigating factors can also impact the charge you face.

Once we review your case and the evidence against you, we can work with you to determine if there are any plea deals you are willing to consider. If you don't want to plea, we can help you to get ready to fight against the charges.

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Ronald E. Smith, P.C.

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