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The most common larceny charges are seen as an unlawful taking of property from a building or a person or the taking of a vehicle.

Larceny from a building does not require an unlawful entry it can be the act of removing property from a building or place where you had a right to be but the taking was of property of another with the intent to permanently deprive that person of the property. A conviction can carry up to a 2 year sentence if it remains in district court or 5 years in state prison. An example would be a taking of a painting or item of value in a public establishment.

Larceny from a person is a taking of someone’s property from a person or from the area and control of the person in their presence. No physical force is required just a taking of property with the intent to permanently deprive them of it. This can carry a punishment of up to 2.5 years if in district court or up to 5 years if in superior court. An example would be a swiping of a coat or purse next to a person.

Larceny of a vehicle is the taking of another’s vehicle with the intent to permanently deprive them of it. The Commonwealth must show the intent was to keep the vehicle and not just go for a joyride and then abandon the vehicle. Joyriding is a separate offense. Larceny requires the intent to permanently deprive a person of their car. A person faces up to 2.5 years in jail if in district court or up to 15 years if case is taken to superior court.

We provide the best representation possible from the initial police investigation through parole hearings if convicted and sentenced to jail. We will help you in all the different stages:

  1. Initial investigation
  2. Extradition
  3. Arrest
  4. Grand jury indictment
  5. Charging
  6. Bail hearing
  7. Arraignment
  8. Plea negotiations
  9. Trial
  10. Verdict
  11. Pre-sentencing investigation and reports
  12. Post-conviction appeals, writs and motions
  13. Probation
  14. Jail or prison
  15. Parole

We are very aware of the effects a conviction may have on seeking future employment or one’s immigration status if not a U.S. Citizen. We do everything in our power to get the best result possible to protect your criminal record and any negative consequences that can come from these types of charges.


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