Theft Crime Attorney in Virginia

Being arrested for theft in Virginia means that you could face significant fines and jail or prison time.

If you have been charged with larceny, burglary, robbery, shoplifting, or another theft offense, it is critical that you speak to a Virginia theft lawyer as soon as possible. The criminal justice system in Virginia can move quickly. So, the sooner you get legal help for your case, the better off you will be in the long run when it comes to protecting your rights and your future.

At Upton Law, PLLC, Virginia theft lawyer Samantha Upton can provide you with the experienced, straightforward advice that you need at a critical time in your life. Samantha will take the time to help you understand the charges you face, the possible and likely outcomes in your case, and how she can help you pursue a favorable result.

Attorney Samantha Upton understands how stressful a theft charge can be. You will always be treated with compassion and respect at Upton Law, PLLC. You will start by talking with Samantha in a free case review, where you will receive a quote for exactly how much your case will cost. Your case will never cost more than that, no matter what. Call today or contact us online to get started with a free and confidential consultation.

Petit Larceny vs. Grand Larceny

Traditional theft, also known as larceny, is the unlawful taking of another’s property with the intent to permanently deprive them of that property. Larceny falls into one of two categories under Virginia law: petit larceny and grand larceny.

Petit larceny is usually charged when the total value of the stolen property is lower than $1,000. Conversely, grand larceny usually refers to any theft involving more than $1,000 of stolen property or more than $5 of property taken directly from the victim’s possession or the theft of a firearm.

Petit larceny is usually charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor. A conviction for petit larceny can carry a possible sentence of up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. You would also be responsible for paying restitution. Prior larceny convictions may also expose you to a potential Class 6 felony charge, which means you could get one to five years in prison.

Grand larceny is charged as a felony offense. A conviction for grand larceny can result in a prison sentence ranging from one to 20 years.

Common Types of Theft Crimes

Virginia outlaws many different types of theft crimes. In addition to petit and grand larceny, a person may be charged with theft crimes that include:

  • Robbery – Usually defined as a theft accomplished through the use of violence or threat of violence.
  • Burglary – Involves the entering of a dwelling or other private structure with the intent to commit a theft or other felony inside.
  • Embezzlement – Occurs through the theft or misappropriation of money or other property that was entrusted to the person committing the embezzlement – for example, stealing money from a business bank account that you have access to.
  • Vehicle theft – Including the theft of cars, motorcycles, boats, or airplanes. Vehicle theft is grand larceny and is performed with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the vehicle.
  • Carjacking – The intentional seizure of a motor vehicle, or control of a motor vehicle, using violence with the intent to deprive another of possession or control of the vehicle, either permanently or temporarily.
  • Shoplifting – involves the taking of merchandise from a store with the intent to deprive the merchant of the full value of the merchandise.
  • Receiving stolen goods – Taking possession of the property you know or should know has been stolen.
  • Identity theft – The unlawful use of information about a person that is not available to the public and with the intent to access financial resources, documents, benefits, goods, or services of another person.
  • Fraud – In Virginia, fraud crimes include forgery, impersonation, false pretenses, bad check law, false representation to get credit or property, electronic communication device offenses, and credit card offenses, among others.
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Penalties for Theft Crimes

In addition to the penalties for petit larceny and grand larceny, a conviction for theft crimes in Virginia can result in penalties such as:
  • Robbery – Charged as a felony with a potential sentence of five years to life in prison depending on the circumstances of the offense.
  • Burglary – May be charged as a Class 3 felony, with a potential sentence of five to 20 years in prison and a potential fine of up to $100,000. Or it may be charged as a Class 2 felony, which carries a possible sentence of 20 years to life in prison.
  • Embezzlement – Depending on the value of the property involved, it can be charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor with a potential sentence of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500, or as a felony offense with sentences ranging from one to 20 years in prison. Third and subsequent embezzlement convictions, regardless of the dollar amount involved, can be charged as a felony.
  • Carjacking – Charged as a felony. The minimum punishment is 15 years to life in prison.
  • Shoplifting – Charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor when the value of merchandise totals less than $200, or a felony if the value of merchandise is greater than $200. A felony conviction may carry a sentence of one to 20 years of imprisonment.

This is not an exhaustive list. In addition to fines and jail or prison time following a conviction for a theft offense, the trial court may order you to pay restitution to the victims of your crime and reimburse them for the value of the property taken.

How a Virginia Theft Attorney Can Help You

If you have been arrested and charged with a theft crime, Virginia criminal defense attorney Samantha Upton can help you fight for a favorable outcome in your case by:

  • Investigating your case and reviewing the evidence to evaluate your rights and options.
  • Ensuring you understand what to expect throughout your case and that you know the potential and likely outcomes, including legal and factual defenses available to you and whether you have the potential to seek a reduction or dismissal of your charges.
  • Offering you honest, direct advice at every stage of your case so that you are empowered with the knowledge you need to make the best decisions for you.
  • Defending your rights and interests in court and at trial, if necessary.

Talk to a Theft Lawyer in Virginia Now

A theft crime charge in Virginia is a serious matter. You need to act quickly to protect your rights and your freedom. Get the sharp, persistent, and compassionate legal representation you need and deserve. Contact Virginia theft attorney Samantha Upton today for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your charges.

Upton Law, PLLC serves clients in Richmond and throughout Virginia, as well as people from out of state who have been charged with a theft crime in Virginia.

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