Larceny and Theft

Larceny and Theft

Larceny is covered under Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 266, Section 30, which in digestible terms, defines the offense as the unlawful taking of another person's personal property, with the intent of permanently depriving the owner the owner of that property. In short, it is "theft." The Boston criminal defense attorneys at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. have defended countless larceny charges, ranging in property type, value, and surrounding circumstances.

Situations Where Larceny Can Be Charged

There are several types of larceny that can be charged by the police. In addition to common, physical property-based larceny charges, there are various infractions that fall under the definition. For example, using a credit card without permission can be larceny. Shoplifting can be charged as larceny. Even being in possession of stolen property can be a crime, even if you had nothing to do with acquiring it.

In Massachusetts, the larceny laws are complicated and confusing. Moreover, they almost always require an element of intent that can be difficult for prosecutors to prove. The criminal defense lawyers at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. are familiar with all the different types of larceny and shoplifting charges, and know the common pitfalls prosecutors encounter when trying to prove them. We use this knowledge to help you.

Keep in mind that in the 21st Century it is possible to commit larceny by simply using your computer and entering false information to obtain goods or services. There is a wealth of information available online to track purchases and transactions, and prosecutors are now using these tools to convict individuals in ways they haven't been able to in the past. Again, these cases can be difficult to prove and the laws are still evolving to deal with the changes in our lives due to new technology. You need a lawyer who is familiar not just with new laws and crimes, but also how these changes in lifestyle affect charges and crimes that have been utilized for decades.

The $250 Threshold — Grand Larceny Vs. Petit Larceny

Massachusetts law recognizes two types of larceny, grand and petit, each with their own set of consequences. Grand larceny charges are brought when the value of the stolen property exceeds $250. It is a considered serious felony, which punishable by up to five years incarceration and up to a $25,000 fine. Petit larceny involves thefts of less than $250 and carries misdemeanor charges.

Effect On Employment, School And Your Life

In addition to facing potentially criminal consequences, larceny is considered a crime of "moral turpitude," which mares your record, which can be seen by potential employers, colleges, landlords, and others.

Contact Bellotti Law Group, P.C. to speak with a criminal defense attorney. Whether you have a simple shoplifting case or a complex larceny or theft matter, we can help. Contact us today at 617-225-2100. We have offices in Boston, Cambridge, and Quincy and serve in courts throughout Massachusetts.

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