A larceny case can be a very serious matter. It can be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony depending on the circumstances. If you are charged with larceny, it is important to hire an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense lawyer to help you with your case. A larceny can occur through stealing. A larceny by stealing is defined as
"the wrongful taking of the personal property of another person, with the intent to deprive that person of such property permanently"
This definition comes from Massachusetts General Laws chapter 266 § 30.
What are the Penalties for Larceny in Massachusetts?
In Massachusetts, the penalties for a larceny depend on the circumstances of the larceny, what was stolen and how much was allegedly stolen. For a basic larceny, the threshold for a felony vs. a misdemeanor is $1,200. The threshold used to be $250, however, effective April 13, 2018, the amount went up to $1,200.
Larceny Over $1,200 penalties:
- a felony charge
- imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five (5) years
- a fine of not more than $2,500
- imprisonment in jail (county House of Correction) for not more than two (2) years
Larceny Under $1,200 penalties:
- a misdemeanor charge
- imprisonment in jail (county House of Correction) for not more than one (1) year
- a fine of not more than $1,500
If you or a loved one is charged with larceny, is is important you reach out to a Massachusetts theft and larceny lawyer to help you with your case. Attorney David Ellison is a Massachusetts larceny lawyer. Do no hesitate to contact David Ellison today at 401-230-5520.