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Grand Larceny

Grand Larceny

What is Grand Larceny?

To convict someone of Grand Larceny, the prosecutor must proveĀ 

  1. That someone took property belonging to another and carried it away; and
  2. That the taking of the property was against the will and without the consent of the owner of the property; and
  3. That the taking of the property was with the intent to steal the property; and
  4. That the property taken had a value of $200 or more.

Each of those elements can be difficult to prove and there are many potential defenses available. Proving that you intended to steal the property when the property was taken requires the prosecutor and police to prove what was in your head. As long as you did not make any statements about the offense, they will have to use circumstantial evidence. That is never easy.

What is the punishment for Grand Larceny?

Grand larceny is an unclassified felony. It is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Because it is a property crime and not a violent crime, however, it is unlikely that you will be sentenced to serve anywhere close to the maximum sentence.

Can Grand Larceny be reduced to a misdemeanor?

Yes. Grand Larceny can be reduced to petit larceny. Your criminal record and the value of the stolen property will determine whether the prosecutor is willing to agree to reduce the charge. You may have to serve some jail time in exchange for the prosecutor reducing the charge.


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