Stealing goods or services valued at over 100 dollars but less than 1000 dollars is also a misdemeanor, but carries a maximum jail sentence of 18 months. A defendant who is charged with larceny under 1000 dollars will be entitled to a jury trial in circuit court. Any larceny charge where the stolen property is valued at over 1000 will typically be charged as a felony with large maximum jail sentences. There are a number of defenses that may be available to a defendant that is charged with this crime, and we are available 24 hours a day to discuss whether your case may be suited to one of these defenses. An example of a defense to a case is that the defendant had a good faith basis to believe that he or she had a right to the property. It is also a defense that the value of the stolen property was not proven. Keep in mind that the state prosecutor has the burden of proving value of the stolen goods, and if they fail to do this adequately, an experienced criminal lawyer may be able to argue for a dismissal of charges.
Larceny charges are often accompanied by other charges such as burglary and robbery. Burglary is the most common crime associated, and will appear in a criminal charging document if a larceny occurred on the property of another person. If a defendant was granted permission to be on the property of another and thereupon committed a larceny, the burglary charge may be dismissed. Robbery is a theft of property with force, and depending on the specific facts of the case, the state may not be able to sustain a conviction for both a robbery and a larceny arising out of the same incident. If you or someone you know has been charged with theft, or is being investigated for larceny, contact The Herbst Firm for a free consultation. We take pride in fighting for the best possible outcome for our clients, and make a firm commitment to keep our clients informed each step of the way.