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What Can TKC Law Do About Grand Larceny WV Charges?

TKC Law can be your best defense against Grand Larceny WV and Theft Charges in West Virginia. Attorney Tyler Cottrill has experience with West Virginia code and defending larceny and theft cases, so you know our law firm is the right choice for you. We will do everything we can to help you avoid being guilty of a felony conviction and prison sentence, and we will work to get you the fairest possible outcome in your case.

Larceny, sometimes referred to as theft or stealing, occurs when a person unlawfully obtains control of another’s property without the owner’s consent with an intent to convert it to the taker’s use. An example would be if one person took back something that they had previously given to another. If this happens, then what has occurred is larceny by general law in West Virginia. Most people have engaged in some form of larceny at least once in their life, even though they may not have actually committed any criminal act. Examples might include when an individual borrows something from someone and fails to return it or when someone moves into a rental unit without permission from the property owner but fails to pay any rent.

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Our Lawyers Can Also Handle Petit Larceny WV Charges

To be convicted of larceny, the crime does not have to involve taking property by force or stealth. Simply walking away with someone else’s property without permission is sufficient for a conviction under West Virginia law on petit larceny. There are many acts that can lead to this sort of criminal charge in WV, including shoplifting and theft by deception. Shoplifting occurs when an individual simply walks out of a store after failing to pay for items even if they are later returned or otherwise made good on the money owed for their purchase price. Larceny by deception, which is sometimes referred to as obtaining property by false pretenses, involves deceiving another person into giving up while knowing that one has no intention of making good on the debt. The most common example of this might be when a person runs up a debt in another’s name and then fails to pay the bill, leaving the injured party with the task of sorting out their financial ruin.

There are several defenses that can be used against larceny claims. One is the defense by compulsion, which is when an individual was forced under some sort of duress or coercion to commit burglary or any other criminal act. A person may also claim ignorance as a defense if they did not realize what they were doing was wrong at the time. Finally, there may be circumstances where even if one committed larceny it would not warrant prosecution because of extent circumstances surrounding its commission that lessened the criminality of the act. This might be argued as a mitigating factor in sentencing if one is convicted of petit larceny (less than 1,000 value of goods) and theft crimes.

If you hire TKC Law to handle your case, we will investigate every aspect of the alleged crime and build a strong defense on your behalf. The primary goal is to keep our client out of jail or prison and keep their record clean. We understand that this situation can be stressful and we want to work with you through these difficult times. Call us now at (304) 689-4960 or access our website for a free consultation with an experienced West Virginia criminal lawyer.

Frequently Asked Questions About Larceny And Theft

Sentences range depending on the amount of money involved. If the value is over $500 but less than $1,000, sentences are imprisonment up to five years with possible fines not more than double the amount embezzled or stolen – whichever is greater. The sentence doubles if it’s between $1,000 and $75,000 or quadruples if it’s between 75K-$1M. Sentences are even more drastic between 1M – 10M where you face a possible life sentence of imprisonment with hard labor.

West Virginia law defines grand larceny as any of the following:

1. Any crime against property consisting in whole or in part of stealing, taking, or carrying away such property, with intent to deprive the rightful owner of same;

2. Receiving, possessing, concealing, selling, or disposing of such stolen property;

3. Doing any other act constituting a crime against property (other than arson) and involving an aggregate value in excess of $1,000.

According to the West Virginia code, petit larceny means theft from a person, householder, or merchant under certain circumstances. A person commits petit larceny by stealing something worth less than $1,000 and with the intent to deprive the owner of it.

Upon being caught for the first time in West Virginia, the store will have the individual sign a form stating that he or she will not commit a similar offense in the future. This is often done on a voluntary basis by an offender who wishes to avoid criminal prosecution.

If there are any further consequences after signing this agreement, they will be determined by state law and depend on things like age, prior offenses, etc.

A first-time shoplifting conviction results in a misdemeanor and can result in up to $250 fines. There is no jail time if the value of the stolen merchandise is under $500.

The West Virginia Code defines theft as embezzlement. Under this definition, a person who embezzles property is guilty of a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the classification or value of the stolen property. If the property is worth between $500 and $10,000, the person is guilty of a felony. If the property is worth more than $10,000, it is punishable as a Class I felony.

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