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What’s the difference between petty and grand larceny?

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2017 | Larceny & Theft |

When Virginia residents like you face larceny charges, you may wonder about the impact a conviction could have on your life. Unfortunately, all convictions will leave a negative imprint behind. For this reason, those facing such criminal charges may wish to turn to Ronald E Smith PC. He works to provide you with the knowledge you need to understand the charges you’re up against.

The defining line that separates grand larceny from petty larceny can differ from state to state. In Virginia, grand larceny occurs if the property or thing that you have stolen is equivalent to over two hundred dollars. Grand larceny is a felony crime, as compared to petty larceny which is a misdemeanor. It should also be noted that purse snatching, mugging, or property theft from a person are all considered felony crimes as well. However, in those cases, the overall value stolen only has to be equal to five dollars.

On the other hand, petty larceny is anything where the total of the stolen goods is equal to less than 200 dollars. This is why, generally speaking, robbing a jewelry store will be considered grand larceny while robbing a grocery store or a drugstore tends to get people petty larceny charges instead.

When dealing with theft charges of any sort, it’s undoubted that you want to do your best to protect yourself from the possibility of a tarnished legal record or even jail time. Though the severity may differ from case to case, all of it should be considered avoidable. If you’d like to learn more, take a look at our web page.


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