What are the Penalties for Grand Larceny in Virginia?

Posted By David L. Carlson, Attorney At Law || 27-Jan-2016

If you were recently arrested for grand larceny in Virginia and this was your first offense, you are likely wondering about the penalties involved. You may even want to know, “Can I get weekend time?”

Unfortunately, Virginia does not allow people to serve weekends for a felony conviction. Our advice is to contact a Richmond criminal defense attorney from our firm to advise you.

Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty and a charge is just a charge until you are convicted.

Right now it’s up to the state or the Commonwealth to prove that you committed the crime. If you are assuming that you should plead guilty, there may be a better alternative.

When you are facing grand larceny charges, even if it was for only $300 dollars’ worth of goods, you are still facing a felony, for which the maximum sentence in Virginia is 20 years.

If you weren’t sure if you needed a good defense attorney before, now it should be clear that you need an experienced defense lawyer to navigate you through the legal system and pursue all avenues of victory.

Don’t Forget About Your Future

Please understand that larceny is considered to be a crime of “dishonesty,” and in the legal world, it’s called “moral turpitude.” That means that the consequences of a conviction can affect your future in several ways, such as:

  • Housing
  • Child custody
  • Employment
  • Professional licenses
  • College scholarships
  • Security clearance
  • Possessing a firearm
  • Voting privileges

Under Virginia law, all theft-related crimes are referred to as “larceny,” which involves the unlawful taking of someone else’s property without their consent, and with the intent to permanently deprive them of the property.

A person commits grand larceny in Virginia when he or she steals property that is valued over $200, a felony punishable by imprisonment for a minimum of one year, but not longer than 20 years.

Facing grand larceny charges in Richmond? Don’t wait to contact us, call now to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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