Theft in Virginia is categorized in two ways: Petty Larceny (theft less than $200) and Grand Larceny (theft of $200 or more). Petty Larceny is a misdemeanor and a conviction can result in up to 1 year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Grand Larceny is a felony and can result in up to 20 years in jail. A second offense of Petty Larceny will land you in jail for a minimum of 30 days, and a 3rd Petty Larceny conviction is a Class 6 Felony, even if the value stolen is considered Petty.
There are a number of reason why you can beat a theft charge. A good attorney will push back on these charges with a defense that’s most appropriate for your circumstances. Here are some likely defenses:
- The theft was accidental;
- The property was actually yours for the taking;
- You tried to return the property but were unable to do so;
- You were intoxicated;
- You were lured to commit the crime by law enforcement unbeknownst to you (entrapment);
- You were with someone who committed the theft without your knowledge;
- You’re a victim of mistaken identity.
Even if you’ve admitted guilt and are ready to move forward, a good attorney can help you with a plea deal and work to reduce charges and penalties.
If you’re facing theft charges, don’t forego representation and subject yourself to hefty fines and jail time. Virginia has very strict Larceny laws and the penalties can be brutal. Let us push back on the prosecution with a proper defense. Give us a call today at (757) 464-9224.