Charleston SC - Grand Larceny
Larceny in South Carolina is defined under common law. What does this mean? Larceny, like petit larceny, is commonly known as petty theft. This means that under South Carolina law it is illegal to take another person’s personal property and permanently deprive them of it. In other words; it is illegal to steal someone’s belongings.
South Carolina has a few laws on its books that define different forms of larceny. An easy way to differentiate between the terms larceny, theft, stealing, and robbery is by understanding what they aren’t. Robbery is different from larceny because robbery includes using threats and force. For this reason, robbery charges can be worse than larceny charges. South Carolina laws make two clear distinctions between petit larceny (petty theft) and grand larceny. These differences have to do with the price of the goods.
Larceny charges in South Carolina carry severe consequences. Avoiding the worst of the consequences is what Ashley Cornwell can help you with. Her legal expertise and aggressive approach can make the difference you need to avoid losing your freedom and being convicted. Contact her office today by clicking the button below.
What is Grand Larceny?
Grand Larceny definitions vary state by state. Usually, states distinguish between petit and grand larceny by the price of the goods that were deemed to be stolen. In South Carolina, that price is $2,000. If a person is accused and charged of stealing someone’s property and that item is valued at over $2,000 then it is considered Grand Larceny.
The big question that comes up is: how is the value of the good determined? Because of the statute stating that the difference between both crimes is tied to the price of the property this determination is very important to a defendant. During a trial, a defendant can ask for an assessment of price. This is known as a restitution hearing. Having a criminal defense attorney present for your trial is crucial. Your attorney can call upon witnesses, experts, and have the court examine financial and legal documents to push forward your legal defense.
Is Grand Larceny a Felony?
Grand Larceny is a felony. Petit Larceny is a misdemeanor which carries with it a fine of no more than $1,000 and less than 30 days in jail. On the other hand, Grand Larceny can be punishable by up to 10 years in prison. If a person is convicted of stealing someone’s property and that is deemed to be worth between $2,000 and $10,000 then they could face up to 5 years in jail. If the price of the stolen valuables are worth more than $10,000 then the sentence could be up to 10 years in length.
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