Larceny in Virginia is the wrongful taking of anything of value with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of his property. A Virginia larceny is charged as either petty (or pettit) larceny or grand larceny.
Grand Larceny and Petty Larceny
Petty Larceny in Virginia is the wrongful taking of an item from a person valued at less than $5 with the intent to deprive the owner of his property permanently, or the wrongful taking of an item not from the person that is worth less than $200, with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of his property. A Virginia petty larceny charge is a Class 1 misdemeanor. It is punished with up to 12 months in jail, a fine up to $2500, or both.
Multiple Virginia Petty Larceny Convictions
§18.2-104 states that if convicted of a second offense larceny in Virginia, the punishment is 30 days to 12 months in jail. If a person has been convicted of two larceny charges, the third charge is a Class 6 felony. It is punished with up to 5 years in prison and a fine up to $2500.
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Grand larceny in Virginia is the taking of an item from a person valued at more than $5, intending the permanently deprive him of his property, OR taking an item whose value exceeds $200 not from a person. Virginia grand larceny is charged under Va. Code §18.2-95.
Larceny of a firearm, regardless of the value, can also be charged as grand larceny.
Grand Larceny in Virginia is a FELONY. It is punished with up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $2500.
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Other Virginia Larceny Charges
Shoplifting is one way to charge a Virginia larceny. It can be petty larceny or grand larceny, depending on the value of the items taken. The Virginia larceny charge of shoplifting is found in Va. Code §18.2-103.
Receiving Stolen Goods
Another Virginia larceny charge is found in Va. Code §18.2-108. This statute makes receiving stolen goods a Virginia larceny. If the value of the goods is less than $200, it is a misdemeanor. If it is more than $200, it is a felony. Click here for more information on the Virginia larceny offense charged as receiving stolen goods.
Larceny with Intent to Sell or Distribute
Larceny with Intent to Sell or Distribute property valued at $200 or more is a felony. It is punished with 2-20 years in prison, pursuant to §18.2-108.01(A).