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What Is a Larceny Attorney?

Larceny is a known, legal term for theft, one of the most common crimes committed today. The legal concept of larceny is very broad and general; a lawyer who specializes in this field is known as a larceny attorney. Larceny attorneys are a sub-category of criminal attorneys.

Legally, larceny is defined as the taking and carrying away of another person’s tangible personal property. Such a definition provides 2 conditions before an act can be called larceny. The first act of taking must involve complete control of another person’s property. Thus, the individual taking the property must have complete and absolute physical control over it. The second act involves carrying the object away from the owner. This entails actual asportation, which means movement or carrying away, rather than preparation for asportation.

A larceny attorney is most often in the form of a defense attorney, one who is representing a person accused of larceny. It is usual for a larceny attorney to be involved in any legal process relating to larceny charges. This may include the arraignment and trial of a person accused of larceny as well as all other legal processes relating to the guilt or innocence of one accused of larceny.

Jurisdictions have their own distinct definition of larceny. However, it is widely recognized that there are 2 categories of larceny—petit or petty and grand. Generally speaking, grand larceny occurs when the property stolen has a value of $500 or more. The term petty larceny refers to theft of items that are considered less valuable as compared to grand larceny. The value of an item in an issue of petty larceny differs among jurisdictions, but generally it is anything that is below $300.

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