In Virginia, the threshold that separates petit larceny and grand larceny is a $200 merchandise value. With the skyrocketing prices of cellphones, tablets, video games and other personal electronics, it is increasingly easy to reach several hundred dollars worth of merchandise. If you or a loved one has been charged with grand theft, it is crucial that you act fast to protect yourself.
At the law firm of Jad Sarsour our Grand Larceny Defense Attorney has guided numerous clients through the legal system. We understand the confusion and frustration you feel when facing criminal charges. It is our goal to aggressively defend you and seek to have your charges reduced or dismissed altogether.
What is Grand Larceny or Grand Theft?
Theft crimes carry a very straightforward definition — the unlawful taking of another person’s property with the intent to permanently deprive that person of their property. To be convicted of Grand Larceny or Grand Theft, the Commonwealth must prove either:
- Stealing something from a property or business valued at $200.00 or more; or
- Stealing something directly off of a person which is valued at $5.00 or more; or
- Stealing a firearm, regardless of value.
Grand larceny or Grand theft is charged as a felony offense and a conviction can carry penalties such as a maximum of 20 years in jail and a $2,500 fine. In addition, because it is a felony offense, a conviction will result in the defendant losing his/her right to vote, right to serve on a jury, right to own a firearm, ability to receive education loans, and eviction from public housing.
What should I do if I am charged with Grand Larceny or Grand Theft in Virginia?
If you have been charged with grand larceny or grand theft in Virginia, it is important that you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. We will carefully examine your charges and immediately begin developing an effective defense strategy for your case. As a felony, grand larceny carries devastating penalties upon conviction. These penalties can include fines, restitution and up to 20 years in prison. Additionally, a conviction on your criminal record can have disastrous effects on your ability to find a job or retain your security clearance.