Larceny charges in North Carolina can be deceptively complex and carry the potential for harsh long-term consequences.
No one wants to be labeled as a “thief” or someone who steals from others. A reputation for larceny can be hard to shake.
Defense lawyers may refer to such charges, whether felony or misdemeanor accusations, as “crimes of moral turpitude” or “theft.”
That general category of offenses may include things like misdemeanor and felony larceny, shoplifting, unlawful concealment, larceny by employee, and embezzlement.
When is Larceny a Misdemeanor in NC?
"Your name and reputation matter. Even if you made a mistake in judgment during a difficult time, we think it’s smart to consult with a defense attorney right away."
- David Courie, Criminal Lawyer Fayetteville NC
Misdemeanor larceny under North Carolina General Statute 14-72(a) occurs when a person:
- takes away
- personal property (goods, chattel)
- that are in the possession of (or personal property of) another and
- who carries it away
- without the permission consent of the owner/possessor and (6) with the intent to permanently deprive the possessor of its use
- larceny in North Carolina is a “specific intent” crime. That means the person accused of criminal wrongdoing must know that he or she was not entitled to take the items at issue.
Personal property in North Carolina or “chattels” are different than “real property.” Real property involves land. Personal property is something different and may be money or goods or things of value other than real property.
Misdemeanor larceny is a class 1 misdemeanor with a maximum punishment under the law of 120 days incarceration and a discretionary fine not limited by the statute.
That makes it a serious criminal charge.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Larceny Charges?
"Any time there is the possibility of jail time, we think it makes sense to hire a lawyer. A Class 1 misdemeanor can carry bigtime consequences."
- David Courie, Criminal Lawyers in Cumberland County NC
Larceny charges, even minor ones, deserve the attention of an experienced lawyer.
Our team of legal professionals at Beaver Courie are dedicated to zealous, compassionate legal representation.
"Unfortunately, sometimes people call late in the process, after they’ve already pleaded guilty."
- David Courie, Fayetteville Criminal Defense
You may have legal options available to you.
In fact, one of the best ways to avoid a conviction is to avoid being charged in the first place.
Clearly, that’s not a promise.
While we very much want to help, defense lawyers can never promise or guarantee a result.
At the same time, we can provide guidance in responding to accusations of criminal wrongdoing.
We don’t think it’s a good idea to take responsibility for taking something, offering to “pay it back” and hoping for forgiveness.
That could actually can serve as evidence against you at a trial.
Legal counsel, before doing much of anything, will want to find out what happened, asking questions such as:
- What evidence of an alleged offense is there?
- Is there a written confession?
- Is there an oral confession?
- Is there video available?
- Are there electronic records?
- Are there co-workers or others who can provide testimony?
"We prefer to meet with clients as soon as possible. That tends to be really helpful if done before charges are pressed."
- David Courie, Criminal Defense Fayetteville NC
Defense lawyers analyze both the good and bad about a case.
We review the worst-case and best-case scenario.
We explore the evidence the State may or may NOT have against you.
We also work hard in negotiating on the behalf of clients.
And even if technically guilty as charged, there may options available such as deferred prosecution or probation instead of jail time.
Frankly, there is quite of bit of anecdotal information out there. What happened with a friend’s case may not apply to your unique legal matter.
Each case is different.
Your legal matter deserves the attention of an experienced defense lawyer.Cumberland County Larceny Lawyers – Beaver Courie Law Firm
Whether you face a misdemeanor or felony charge, have been arrested, or asked to “come in to clear some things up,” we think it’s smart to have a lawyer dedicated to your interests standing by your side.
"We don’t pressure people to hire us. Our goal is to provide honest answers to people facing difficult times."
- David Courie, Cumberland County NC Lawyer