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Theft & Larceny Defense

Fairfax Theft/LArceny defense Attorneys

Defending You Against Theft Charges

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 Lawrence, Smith and Gardner, 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.

Our petit and grand larceny defense lawyers can help with:

  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Petty and grand larceny
  • Property crimes

Call (703) 382-5840 for a free telephone consultation regarding your theft-related criminal charges.

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 than $1,000 and is usually a misdemeanor. If the value of the property was $1,000 or more, the theft will be charged 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.

Understanding the Consequences of a Theft Conviction

Being convicted of a theft crime in Virginia can have serious consequences, including fines, probation, and even jail time. It's important to understand the potential impact of a theft conviction on your future, including employment opportunities, housing, and personal relationships.

Our experienced theft defense attorneys at Lawrence, Smith & Gardner can provide skilled defense to help you navigate the legal process and work towards the best possible outcome for your case. We will thoroughly review the details of your situation and develop a strategic defense strategy to protect your rights and minimize the potential consequences of a theft conviction.

Don't wait to seek legal guidance if you're facing theft charges. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and get the skilled defense you need on your side.

Contact Us And Get Skilled Defense On Your Side

Choosing the right attorney to represent your rights can make all the difference in the results of your case. The experienced criminal defense lawyers at Lawrence, Smith and Gardner, are here to help you protect your future.

Use our contact form to schedule a free phone consultation or call a larceny attorney near you directly at (703) 382-5840.

Virginia Theft & Larceny FAQ

Can theft charges be expunged from my record in Fairfax?

  • In some cases, it may be possible to have theft charges expunged from your criminal record in Fairfax, particularly for certain misdemeanor offenses or if you meet specific eligibility criteria. An attorney can advise you on the expungement process and whether you qualify.

How long do theft crimes stay on your record in Fairfax, Virginia?

  • The length of time theft crimes stay on your record in Fairfax can vary depending on factors such as the severity of the offense and whether you were convicted or acquitted. Generally, misdemeanor convictions may stay on your record for several years, while felony convictions can have longer-lasting consequences.

Reviews & Testimonials

At Lawrence, Smith & Gardner, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

    “I am forever grateful for your help!”
    Dear Mr. Brillantine and Mr. Smith,
    Thank you so much for your time and effort in the past several weeks. I am forever grateful for your help! Thank you.
    - Previous Client
    “The efficient way you and your staff handled my case, resulted in less anxiety for me.”
    Dear Mr. Smith,
    I just wanted to drop you a note to express my thanks and appreciation for your professional and courteous help and service. The efficient way you and your staff handled my case, resulted in less anxiety for me.
    - Previous Client
    “We appreciate the courtesy and professionalism of your wonderful staff.”
    Dear Mr. Smith,
    We just want to thank you for all your help in our son’s recent traffic case. Things were looking extremely bleak. However, thanks to your knowledge of the law, persistence, ability to talk to people, hard work and grace … What a relief it has been. We also appreciate the courtesy and professionalism of your wonderful staff.
    - Previous Client
    “Thank you for making it possible for me to continue with my life.”
    Dear Ron,
    I am consumed with awe for your legal maneuvering to assist me in court yesterday. Thank you for making it possible for me to continue with my life.
    - Previous Client
    “I appreciate the courtesy and professionalism.”
    To Ron Smith,
    I just wanted to extend my gratitude to you for representing me earlier this month when I went back to court to obtain my restricted license. I appreciate the courtesy and professionalism from you and your staff and under no circumstances hope to ever need your services for a serious matter like that again.
    - Previous Client
    “Thanks for that usually elusive gift … a second chance.”
    Dear Mr. Smith,
    Thank you for all your help. Please extend my thanks also to Martin for his patient support of an incoherent client, as well as to Lisa for her many phone calls. Thanks for that usually elusive gift … a second chance.
    - Previous Client
    “Thanks again Ron you ROCK!”
    I can’t thank you enough for everything. If it weren’t for you I would be in a world of hurt today. I owe you so many thanks. If you ever need anything!! Please pass along all my thanks to your staff and co-workers. Please let Lisa I’m so sorry you missed her lunch too. Thanks again Ron you ROCK!
    - Previous Client
    “I can look back on this experience as a valuable lesson and continue on with my life.”
    Dear Mr. Smith,
    I wanted to tell you how grateful I am for your help with my recent difficult situation. I was amazed at your skill and knowledge of the court system, and appreciative of your insight in these matters. I can look back on this experience as a valuable lesson and continue on with my life. Thank you for giving me that opportunity.
    - Previous Client

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