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What is the Difference Between Theft and Larceny?

Theft and larceny are typically used interchangeably, but larceny is largely seen as a lesser form of theft. However, in North Carolina the legal term for taking personal property from another without consent and with no intention of returning it is only defined as larceny not theft.

If the fair market value of the property is worth less than $1,000, it is a Class 1 misdemeanor under North Carolina law. Being convicted of larceny can carry a jail sentence of up to four months. At Jetton & Meredith, our lawyers have the skills, resources, and knowledge to aggressively pursue an outcome that protects your interests and allows you to move past this difficult time in your life.

What is Felony Larceny in North Carolina?

Larceny is charged as a felony if the property is worth more than $1,000 or if the property taken was an explosive, firearm, or record of paper in the State Archives of North Carolina. Larceny can also be charged as a felony if the property was taken directly from the person or committed during a burglary. If convicted of larceny, you may face anywhere from four to eight months in jail.

      Charged With Larceny? We Can Help You.

      We are devoted to aggressive, hands-on legal services. This means your Charlotte larceny attorney will work directly with you and handle all aspects of your case. The prosecution must prove that you are guilty as charged, and we will strive to pursue all available options for preserving your innocence and protecting your interests.

      We thoroughly prepare your case and press your accusers on every point, including:

      • Identification - Can they prove who took the allegedly stolen goods?
      • Dollar value - Does the dollar value of what was allegedly taken match the level of the crime you have been charged with?
      • Integrity of evidence - Is there any indication that the evidence has been tampered with in the process of collecting, preserving, transporting, and presenting it to a court?

      We understand how being convicted of a felony or misdemeanor can impact your life, now and in the future. We can help protect your rights, including fighting for a dismissal or reduction of charges where all elements of the crime charged have not been shown by the prosecution.

      We have experience defending against theft charges in NC:

      • Fraud
      • Larceny
      • Burglary
      • Robbery
      • Shoplifting
      • Check fraud
      • Credit card fraud

      Act now if you have been charged or are being investigated for larceny. Contact our Charlotte theft crime attorneys today to learn what we can do for you.

      You can also reach us by phone at (704) 931-5535 to schedule your consultation.

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