What must be proven in order to be convicted of larceny?

To be convicted of larceny, the Commonwealth must prove that a suspect:

  • took property of another;
  • without permission of that owner;
  • with the intent to deprive the owner of the property permanently. 

If charged with a felony larceny, the Commonwealth must also establish the appropriate value of the item taken ($200 or more if taken not from the person, $5 or more if from the person, and no value required if a firearm was stolen). 

What actual evidence will needed to be proven at court will depend on the facts of each case.  But generally, witnesses to the actual theft (or surveillance videos of the theft), statements by the suspect, as well as other circumstantial evidence will be used by the Commonwealth to prove guilt. 

If you’ve been charged, call BenGlassLaw at (703)584-7277 to discuss any possible defenses you may have to your charge.  

 

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