In the state of Virginia, larceny and fraud crimes are very serious offenses. Although non-violent in nature, larceny and fraud crimes carry harsh penalties that can compromise your future. Because the stakes are high, it is crucial to employ the services of a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney to avoid or minimize this occurrence. At Kassabian & Kassabian, P.L.C., we work tirelessly and act in your best interests to preserve your rights and freedom.
What Are Larceny and Fraud Crimes?
Under Virginia Code Section 18.2-96, you will have committed petit larceny if you steal goods or personal property of another not directly from owner of the property where the value of the item taken is less than $500. Petit larceny is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor. Stealing money or other thing directly from a person that has a value of less than $5 is called larceny from the person and is also a Class 1 misdemeanor. Under Virginia Code Section 18.2-96,
stealing directly from another of money or other thing that has a value of $5 or more is felony. It is also a felony to steal not directly from another person of goods or personal property that has a value of $500 or more. Larceny may be committed from stealing property from a home, business establishment or stealing directly from another person.
Fraud crimes are sometimes called white-collar crimes. Some common fraud crimes include forgery, forging a public document (such as Virginia Uniform Summons), embezzlement, credit card theft, fail to return leased property or receiving stolen goods. They can also include crimes such as identity theft, writing a bad check, uttering a bad check, obtaining money by false pretenses, larceny of a firearm regardless of the value, theft or destruction of a public record, welfare fraud, theft of computer services, falsifying transcripts or diplomas, prescription fraud or unauthorized use of a vehicle, boat or animal. Since many of these types of fraud charges are related to each other, it is not unusual for detectives or law enforcement officer to bring multiple fraud charges at one time. Additional types of fraud charges may be found here.
What Are the Penalties for Larceny and Fraud Crimes?
Penalties for larceny and fraud crimes vary by the severity of the crime. If you are convicted of petit larceny, you can be punished by up to 12 months in jail and or a fine of up to $2,500.00, either or both. If you are convicted of grand larceny, you can be punished with up to 20 years in prison. First-time offenders often receive leniency, but this will depend on the circumstances of the case to include the value of the money or thing taken and the impact the crime had the owner of the property. Considering the wide variety of theft and fraud crimes under the Virginia Code, many offenders receive different penalties. However, theft and fraud crimes can result in long prison sentences, high fines, probation, termination from employment, loss of security clearance and much more.
If you've been charged with larceny and/or fraud, you should consult an experienced, skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
How To Defend Against Larceny and Fraud Crimes
The attorneys at Kassabian & Kassabian, P.L.C., will work in your best interests to have your charge dismissed or felony offense reduced to a misdemeanor. Criminal defense attorney John Kassabian will examine the circumstances of your case and look at the details, facts and evidence surrounding your charge to determine if your constitutional rights have been violated during the investigative, arrest and search stages of your case. While the facts and circumstances of your fraud and larceny case will dictate the defenses employed in your case, attorney John Kassabian will work with you to build a compelling and effective defense. John has helped countless individuals who have faced larceny and fraud charges in both juvenile and adult courts throughout the Northern Virginia region.