Virginia Theft Lawyer
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, you can be charged with a wide array of theft crimes. The most typical theft crime is shoplifting, and if the value of the item stolen is under $200, then Virginia considers this as petit larceny. However, if the item is worth more than $200, the crime can be charged as grand larceny.
As with any criminal prosecution, the state must prove the elements of larceny beyond reasonable doubt. A Fairfax County theft lawyer at Jezic & Moyse, LLC insist that the prosecution holds to this high standard. Our Virginia theft lawyers specialize is providing you with an aggressive defense against the following theft crimes:
- Petit larceny, also called petty larceny
- Grand larceny
- Auto theft or car jacking
- Credit card fraud
- Money laundering
Moreover, you may face charges of petty larceny if you are accused of stealing something from directly from a person if the item is worth only $5. Petty larceny includes stealing an item, without taking it directly from another individual, if the item is worth less than $200. In Virginia, petty larceny is a class one misdemeanor.
However, if the case involves taking an item directly from another that is worth more than $5, or stealing an item worth greater than $200, then you may be charged with grand larceny.
The laws in Virginia consider grand larceny to be a serious criminal accusation. If you are convicted of grand larceny, you could face up to 20 years in prison and fined up to $2,500.
Shoplifting represents the most common occurrence of larceny in Virginia. Each day, department stores, electronic shops, specialty stores and other commercial establishments stop people suspected of stealing merchandise. On occasion, the person inadvertently forgets to pay for an item. Sometimes otherwise good people make the mistake of attempting to get away with something free. However, the charge of shoplifting is still serious must be defended against competently and aggressively.
If you have made the unfortunate mistake of shoplifting an item impulsively, let Jezic & Moyse LLC. represent you and minimize any potential damage to your life. Alternatively, if you have been accused falsely or unfairly, call our attorneys for advice on how we can assist you. Every day, people makes mistakes or choose unwisely, yet they still deserve a second chance.
Robbery is a violent form of theft. The law defines the commission of a robbery to include partial strangulation, suffocation, striking or beating of another person, or putting the victim in fear of serious bodily harm. In addition, a theft may be charged as a robbery if the accused uses a firearm or other deadly weapon. The minimum sentence for a conviction is 5 years in prison.
Burglary is a theft that involves the breaking and entering of a home with the intent to steal or commit a felony. This is a Class 3 felony, unless the crime included carrying a deadly weapon at the time of entry, in which case the crime can be charged as a Class 2 felony.
Effect of Prior Theft Convictions in Virginia
If a person is convicted of any type of larceny in Virginia with a prior conviction for either a misdemeanor or felony larceny offense, the defendant faces a minimum sentence of at least 30 days in jail, but not more than 1 year. This includes fines set by the court. Moreover, the prior conviction may be from another state, not just Virginia.
Furthermore, after a third or subsequent theft conviction, the crime will be charged as a Class 6 felony, which faces a sentence of one to five years and a fine of up to $2,500.
If law enforcement questions you about any involvement in a crime, charges you with a felony or misdemeanor offense, or arrests you on a criminal complaint, you have a Constitutional right to have an attorney. Prior to answering questions or providing any statements to law enforcement, contact Clifford Clapp at Jezic & Moyse, LLC., so that he can advise you immediately on how to protect your rights. Through diligence, experience, and integrity, he will seek every option to resolve your case in acquittal, dismissal, reduced charges or the lightest sentence.