Larceny, also known as common theft, refers to the act of taking someone else's property. Unlike robbery, this crime occurs without the use of force. Usually most states in the US consider larceny and other similar crimes such as shoplifting under the general category of theft. Nevertheless some states keep separate laws to segregate these kind of crimes depending on their nature to apply more accurate charges and convictions.
Larceny Law in California
In California, larceny crime comes under the California Penal Code Section 484 PC and is often divided into two degrees by its nature, grand larceny and petit larceny crime. The line between these two crimes depends upon the value of the property stolen and situation of the case. Grand larceny is commonly a felony in the eye of law while petit larceny is charged as a misdemeanor. Regardless of the degree of larceny committed by any person, both crimes come with criminal prosecutions and punishments by the court of California.
- As misdemeanor the punishment is up to 1-year imprisonment in jail and a fine up to $1000
- As Felony the punishment is up to 3-year imprisonment in jail and fine up to $10,000.
- False Accusation
- Entitled of the right to take the property
- Lack of intent
- Insufficient Evidence
Criminal Defense Attorney for larceny charges in California
If you are a first-time larceny offender in California, your case will be charged depending on the value of the stolen property, and therefore an experienced larceny lawyer will determine the best course of action to obtain the best deal possible. With more than 40 years of experience in criminal defense cases, the Law Office of Raoul Severo is at your service for a free of charge assessment of your case.
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