Larceny and Theft in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, the crime of larceny involves unlawfully taking and carrying away someone else’s property with the intent to deprive them of its use permanently. This can range from small-scale petty thefts to more significant actions such as grand larceny. Facing such charges could have serious implications for your future, which is why it’s crucial to comprehend the various elements of larceny and to seek professional legal help to guide you through the process.

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No criminal charge is trivial. Whether you are facing misdemeanor charges for shoplifting or felony charges for grand larceny, we are committed to providing a zealous and rigorous defense. We understand the potential repercussions of a theft conviction – loss of employment, potential future employment complications, and other collateral consequences.

Our team will thoroughly evaluate the specifics of your case, the circumstances leading to your arrest, the actions of the arresting officer, and the prosecution’s evidence. Using this comprehensive understanding, we will strategize a robust defense tailored to your situation.

Larceny vs Theft: Understanding Massachusetts Laws

In Massachusetts, the term “larceny” is used to denote theft-related crimes. It encompasses the act of stealing property, embezzlement, and the secretive handling of property with an intention to steal. The severity of the penalties under Massachusetts law primarily depends on the value of the stolen property and the involvement of a firearm.

For instance, larceny under $1200 (property valued less than $250 and does not involve a firearm) could lead to a maximum of a year in jail and fines up to $300. However, if the property is valued over $250 or involves a firearm, the penalties become significantly steeper, potentially leading to up to five years in prison or up to two years with fines reaching $25,000. Further, these penalties could increase if the victim is disabled or elderly.

Grand Larceny: A Closer Look

Grand larceny in Massachusetts is when the value of the allegedly stolen property exceeds $250. Conversely, when the value of the stolen property is less than $250, it is referred to as petit larceny or petty larceny. The property involved can vary from personal property, data, contracts, trade secrets, to money.

Terms like grand theft and grand larceny are often used interchangeably to describe the same crime known as “larceny by stealing” under Massachusetts law. However, the theft of an automobile or trailer constitutes a different crime. A conviction for auto theft could lead to up to 15 years in prison or up to 2.5 years in prison with fines up to $15,000.

Attorney for Larceny Charges

In the face of any larceny charge, the importance of experienced and competent legal representation cannot be overstated. Our seasoned criminal attorneys are well-versed in Massachusetts laws concerning larceny and theft. We have the expertise to build a robust defense and guide you through the complex legal process. Our knowledge can prove invaluable, whether it comes to understanding the nuances of your case, negotiating plea deals, or representing your interests at trial. Larceny sentences can vary significantly based on the nature and severity of the crime and the value of the property involved. We’ll work tirelessly to mitigate potential penalties and strive for the best possible outcome for your larceny case.

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