Fairfax Larceny Lawyer
Virginia law designates two types of larceny charges. Petit larceny is for theft valued at $200 or under. It is a Class 1 misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Even though it is a misdemeanor, it is still a serious offense. A conviction will stay on your record for life. It is a “crime of moral turpitude,” which means it is a category of crime that indicates a lack of trustworthiness. A conviction may make it difficult for you to get certain types of jobs. Certainly any job that requires you to work with money, or generally be trusted, will be tougher to get if you have a petit larceny conviction on your record.
Grand larceny is any theft valued at more than $200. It is an unclassified felony and is punishable by up to 20 years in jail. The vast majority of people convicted of grand larceny get jail sentences significantly shorter than 20 years. Many times judges will give probation instead of jail. However, a grand larceny conviction still presents serious issues. Anyone facing a grand larceny charge should do anything and everything they can to get aggressive, skilled representation. Make sure your rights are protected. Before you agree to be referred to as a thief for life, call the Law Office of Faraji Rosenthall for a free consultation.