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Virginia Beach Petty Larceny Vs. Grand Larceny

In Virginia, theft activities are referred to as 'larceny.' Larceny involves taking property unlawfully with the intent to deprive the owner of that property permanently. Whether an offense is considered petty theft or grand theft depends on the value of the property involved in the crime. The term used for petty theft in Virginia is petit larceny and this is the lowest level of theft.

Petit Larceny: theft of property with a value of under $200. If property is taken directly from another individual, the value of the property needs to be less than $5 in order to result in petty larceny charges.

  • Charged as a Class 1 Misdemeanor in Virginia under Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-96
  • Punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500

Grand Larceny: In order to be charged with grand larceny in Virginia, the property must be: valued above $200, $5 or more if taken from another individual or the property must be a firearm.

  • Charged as a felony or misdemeanor depending on the judge or jury
  • If charged as a felony- punishable by between one and 20 years in prison
  • If charged as a misdemeanor- punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500

Misdemeanor grand larceny usually involves offenses involving property valued just above $200 and in cases where the defendant does not have a criminal record. Any type of theft crime can result in jail time and large fines, you need aggressive representation if facing these charges. I am a Virginia Beach criminal lawyer with abundant experience defending clients in theft crime cases. Contact me today to set up a free case evaluation where we can discuss the details of your theft case.