What You Should Know About Major Theft Crimes in Virginia

There are three major theft crimes in the state of Virginia. To learn more, continue reading and speak with one of our experienced Virginia criminal defense attorneys today.

What are major theft crimes in Virginia?

In the state of Virginia, major theft crimes are considered felony offenses. With a felony conviction, an individual can face severe lifelong setbacks, including loss of employment opportunities, limited housing options, and more. There are three types of felony theft crimes, including grand larceny, robbery, or burglary. To learn more about what each of these offenses is and their penalties, continue reading and reach out to our skilled Virginia criminal defense attorneys today.

What is grand larceny?

In the state of Virginia, grand larceny is defined as taking $5 or more directly from an individual, or $200 or more indirectly. It is important to note that Virginia courts define larceny as taking property that has an intrinsic value from another without their consent and with the intent to steal it.

The penalties for grand larceny range from one to 20 years in prison and/or a $2,500 fine. But, you will want to note that in Virginia, the statute allows the judge or jury to narrow the sentence to less than one year if it is desired to.

What is robbery?

A robbery is a form of larceny that involves violence or a threat of violence. It is important to understand that a robbery charge does not require the use of a weapon, intimidation is enough.

The consequences of a robbery charge in Pennslyvania include five years to life in prison. Furthermore, robbery is one of the violent offenses that count toward the state’s “three strikes” rule. This means that the state of Virginia considers it to be serious enough to result in a mandatory life sentence if convicted for a third time.

What is burglary?

Burglary, also known as breaking and entering, refers to the act of entering a residence or building without permission in order to commit a crime.

The penalties for breaking and entering in order to commit arson, murder, rape, or robbery is a Class 3 felony under the Virginia code, which means that it is punishable by five to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

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