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Larceny v Theft

Larceny is often referred to as theft and is defined as the unlawful taking of another persons’ property, with the intent of depriving them of its uses. Depending on your jurisdiction, taking control of someone’s property can be considered larceny, even if the property is not moved. Depending on the value of the property, larceny can be escalated to a grand theft charge. In Massachusetts, stealing another person’s property is legally called “larceny,” which other states refer to as “theft.” Larceny can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor depending on factors such as the:

  • Type of property allegedly stolen
  • Value of the property allegedly stolen
  • Circumstances surrounding the taking of the property

Has a larceny charge thrown your life off track? Get help from an experienced Attleboro theft crimes lawyer. Let the Law Office of James M. Caramanica, P.C. help you build a case to protect yourself. Call our firm today for a free consultation.

What is Grand Larceny in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, grand larceny is defined as stolen property valued at greater than $250. Grand larceny in MA is a felony offense, punishable by up to 5 years in state prison or 3 years in county jail and a fine of up to $25,000.

Protecting Your Future

Theft crimes involve the taking of property from a person, building, vault, or other structure. These types of allegations must be thoroughly and promptly investigated. In today’s world, many buildings and residences are monitored by electronic surveillance equipment. A prompt investigation may uncover if video footage exists. Whether the footage assists in your defense or not, you must be aware it exists so that you can properly prepare your defense or disposition strategy.

Larceny offenses may include:

  • Breaking and entering in the daytime to commit a felony or misdemeanor
  • Breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony or misdemeanor
  • Burglary
  • Credit card fraud
  • Forgery
  • Identify fraud
  • Larceny (over $250 or under $250)
  • Embezzling
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Uttering a false instrument
  • Shoplifting

Larceny over $250

According to Massachusetts state law, larceny is charged as grand larceny when the value of the money or property stolen is greater than $250. Grand larceny is charged as a felony and could include up to 5 years of prison time if convicted.

How We Can Help

Attorney James Caramanica has been practicing criminal defense for decades. His commitment to favorable outcomes for his clients has earned him a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating. During your free consultation, we can discuss the details of your case and what needs to happen in order to defend against the charges.

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