What Is Grand Larceny In Virginia?

by J.D. Garrett on December 29, 2012

Larceny in Virginia is defined as the taking of property with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of its possession permanently. Many theft offenses are covered under the larceny umbrella such as embezzlementshoplifting, concealment, altering price tags, or failure to return rental property (for instance, a rental car). Grand larceny is any theft crime where the value of the items taken exceeds $200.

In Virginia, an individual may be charged with larceny even if the item is not removed from the store. Under the law, the criminal act is completed once the item is removed from its proper location. Therefore, if someone removes an item from a store shelf with the intent to leave the store without paying, that completes the act required to be found guilty of larceny.

It is also possible to be charged with grand larceny, a felony, even if the items one individual has does not exceed $200, but when combined with other items that a co-defendant has stolen do exceed that threshold. In other words, one person may steal a $5 pair of socks from Walmart and a friend may steal a coat valued at $199, and both of them may be charged with grand larceny because the total amount stolen exceeds $200.

Also, any third or subsequent larceny offense, regardless of the value of the item taken, is charged as grand larceny in Virginia.

It is important to discuss any larceny charge in Virginia Beach with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Under many circumstances, the charges may be reduced or even dismissed. Contact Garrett Law Group, PLC at (757) 422-4646 to speak with a larceny attorney in Virginia Beach today.


Relevant Virginia Statute: § 18.2-95

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