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Larceny & Theft

Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyers Defending Clients Charged with Theft Offenses

Theft and larceny in Virginia may be either a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending on the dollar amount in question. If the amount is less than $200, the charge is known as petit larceny and is a class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia. If the amount is $200 or more, the charge is grand larceny. Moreover, if the stolen item was a firearm, you will automatically be charged with a felony regardless of the firearm’s value.

At Robinson Law, PLLC, our criminal lawyers for larceny have helped countless individuals who are facing shoplifting, petit larceny and grand larceny charges in Virginia, and they are standing by to discuss your case for free. Some of the best Virginia criminal lawyers have the experience to negotiate the terms of a larceny charge, and either have it amended to a lesser offense with community service and other terms or have it dismissed altogether. Of course, each case is unique with its own set of facts, and even the best criminal lawyers in Virginia cannot guarantee results. Contact us today: (703) 844-3746.

What Are the Penalties for Petit Larceny in Virginia?

If convicted of petit larceny in Virginia, you will have a class 1 misdemeanor on your criminal record. Additionally, you may face a maximum 12-month jail sentence, a $2500 fine or both. Your larceny & theft defense lawyer will also explain that you may be ordered to pay restitution to the victim(s).

What Are the Penalties for Grand Larceny in Virginia?

If convicted of grand larceny in Virginia, you will have a permanent felony on your criminal record. A grand larceny conviction in Virginia also carries a maximum 20-year penitentiary sentence and a $2500 fine.

Lawyer for Shoplifting & Altering Merchandise in Virginia

Shoplifting and altering merchandise in Fairfax can be classified as either petit larceny or grand larceny, depending on the value of the item(s). Loss prevention officers and store employees are authorized to detain (for up to an hour) any person suspected of shoplifting in Fairfax as long as they have probable cause to believe the person stole or was about to steal merchandise. Shoplifting is recognized as: (1) Purposely hiding, concealing or taking goods in a store (2) Altering an item’s price tag (3) Transferring items from one container to another (4) Any person who counsels, assists, or aids another in shoplifting. A shoplifting or altering merchandise conviction in Fairfax carries the following penalties:

  • A maximum of 12-months in jail
  • A maximum fine of $2,500
  • Any court-ordered restitution
  • Shoplifter prevention class
  • Community Service
  • Probation
Virginia Criminal Attorney Explains Types of Fraud Charges

There are dozens of Virginia fraud crimes. Some primary examples include falsifying transcripts or diplomas, false statements to acquire property or credit, credit card fraud, and money laundering. Fraud crimes range from misdemeanors to felonies, but all can have serious penalties involved.

Misdemeanor Fraud Charges in Virginia

Misdemeanor fraud charges in Fairfax and Virginia range from least severe (class 4) to most severe (class 1). If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor fraud charge in Fairfax, you may face up to one year in jail, fines and any court-ordered restitution. Some examples of misdemeanor fraud charges in Fairfax are:

  • Impersonating an officer
  • Identity theft
  • Illegal use of insignia
  • Audiovisual recording of motion pictures
Felony Fraud Charges in Virginia

Punishments for Virginia fraud felonies are found in section § 18.2-10 of the Virginia Code. Felony fraud charges in Fairfax range from Class 6 (least severe) to Class 1 (most severe). A class 6 felony fraud charge may result in a maximum of 5 years in jail and a $2,500 fine, while a Class 1 conviction carries a much harsher penalty.

If you are unsure about the severity of your fraud charge, call a local Fairfax criminal attorney for assistance. Some examples of felony fraud crimes include

  • Forging currency
  • Prescription fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Issuing bad checks
  • Obtaining money or signature by false pretense
Are You Facing Theft Charges?

If you were recently charged with larceny or theft, reach out to Robinson Law, PLLC, for immediate assistance. At Robinson Law, PLLC, we have extensive experience handling all types of larceny & theft cases on behalf of our clients. We offer free consultations to all prospective clients so we can learn more about your case and offer our sound guidance. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation, call (703) 844-3746. You can also connect with us through our online form.

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