Have You Been Accused of Theft?
Being convicted of a theft charge can change your life forever, and not for the best. Once convicted, and sometimes if you were simply charged but not convicted, you may not be able to get certain jobs nor be put in any form of fiduciary positions. These charges tend to last throughout your lifetime, unless you have gotten your record expunged or sealed.
Though it may seem like the only people convicted of theft charges are those considered to be poor, those who have means also can be convicted of theft charges. For instance, in recent news, a Judge in New Mexico and a high school bookkeeper in Wisconsin were charged and convicted of embezzlement. It can happen to anyone at any time. However, if you lack the requisite intent, you may be able to dodge a theft conviction. If you or a loved one have been charged with theft, contact an experienced Virginia theft charge attorney to consult about your case.
Different Forms of Theft Charges in Virginia
In Virginia, all theft and theft-related crimes are considered larceny. Though there is not an exact definition for larceny, larceny is, essentially, unlawfully taking property of another with the intent to permanently deprive that person of their property. Larceny in Virginia comes in many forms:
- Larceny of certain animals and poultry;
- Larceny of bank notes and checks;
- Concealing or taking possession of merchandise;
- Receiving stolen goods;
Embezzlement is considered the wrongful taking of money or valuable property that took place while the offender was entrusted with someone else’s property.
Shoplifting is committed when a person commits actions such as taking possessions of or concealing property, altering price tags, or transferring goods from one container or another, as well as the counseling, assisting, or aiding and abetting, another with the intention of defrauding the owner of the value or converting the goods without paying the purchase price.
According to Virginia law, a theft charge is either considered petite or grand. Petite theft is a taking of property that is less than $200 or less than $5 when it is taken directly from the person. Grand theft is a taking of property of another that is over $200 and when the property taken directly from another is more than $5; or if the property stolen is a firearm with no regard as to the price of the firearm. Because these crimes, depending on whether they are a misdemeanor or felony, can leave you with 1 to 20 years of imprisonment and up to $2,500 fine, it is beyond beneficial for you to seek legal representation.
Need Legal Advice?
A theft charge conviction is not something that you want to take lightly. Being convicted of a theft charge not only subjects you to imprisonment and a fine, but it also stays with you throughout life. If you can avoid a theft conviction or at least mitigate the damages that a theft charge entail, you should do so. You can start by seeking legal advice about your case. If you or a loved one has been charged with a theft charge it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Virginia theft charge attorney at Law Office of Faraji A. Rosenthall to fight for your rights. Contact our office today for an initial consultation!