Virginia Grand Larceny

Virginia Grand Larceny
Larceny occurs when a person trespasses onto another person’s property and removes items without the owner’s permission. If the person stole property that is worth more than a certain monetary value in Virginia, he or she can be charged with grand larceny, which is a felony offense. If you have been accused of grand larceny, having an experienced Virginia larceny attorney on your side is of the utmost importance. 

A person can be charged with grand larceny for stealing property such as electronics, jewelry, or cash. Please note that if a person takes several items when committing larceny, the court will look at the value of the items collectively, not individually. This means that if someone was to steal several low-cost items, such as DVDs, the value of all of the items together could lead to a grand larceny charge.

In Virginia, a person may be charged with grand larceny if he or she steals items that are worth more than $200. On the other hand, a person who steals items that are valued at less than $200 may be charged with petit larceny (petty larceny).

To calculate the value of the stolen items, the court looks at fair-market value, rather than the purchase value. In some cases, the value of the items may depreciate—for example, if a television is purchased for $500, it may not be worth that amount a year later. In some cases, however, an item may appreciate. For instance, a painting may increase in value over time, and be worth far more than its original purchase price.

During a grand larceny case, the prosecution must prove the defendant intended to keep the stolen items forever. However, if a skilled defense attorney can show the defendant was going to return the items to the owner, the case may end in acquittal. An example of this is if an employee brings home a laptop computer in order to work and intended to bring it back to the office.

Grand larceny is classified as a felony offense in Virginia. The potential penalties of a grand larceny felony conviction include prison time, probation, community service, and fines. Having a felony conviction on your record could also make applying for jobs, housing, and loans more difficult.

The experienced defense attorneys at The Law Office of Michael C. Tillotson represent clients who have been arrested and charged with Virginia grand larceny. To learn how an attorney can help you, and to receive a free initial consultation, please contact our law firm today.

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