Determining what type of Larceny (if any) has been committed requires an exploration of of that particular law. Larceny can be defined as the taking the property of another person without consent. The level of Larceny will determine is the penalty is for a misdemeanor or a felony. For more information on felony and misdemeanor laws in Virginia, review:
A misdemeanor charge of Larceny, legally termed as Petit Larceny, occurs when a person has been charged with stealing less than $1,000, while anything above that rises to Grand Larceny. Grand larceny would be considered a major theft crime in Virginia Within that framework are four different levels of seriousness, based on the dollar amounts of the items taken:
- Fourth Degree Grand Larceny is when anything worth more than $1,000 but less than $3,000 is alleged to have been stolen. In this case, property such as public records, firearms, different forms of technology or credit cards is also included in any determination.
- Third Degree Grand Larceny stems from amounts above $3,000 but under $50,000.
- Second Degree Grand Larceny defines any amounts above $50,000 all the way up to under $1 million.
- First Degree Grand Larceny is for any alleged theft of over $1 million.
A convicted individual has their sentence determined on the degree involved with the crime, as well as other factors. Strong consideration is given to the background of that person, including if this is a first offense or the latest in a history of criminal activity. In addition, the ability of the individual to perform restitution will also factor into any sentence ruling.
The Connection Between Extortion and Grand Larceny
In some cases, criminal activity such as Extortion can be tied to Larceny. This happens when an individual is forced under duress to give up their property, with either the threat of having that property damaged or the individual being physically harmed serving as the reason for such submission.
Other factors can also serve as the basis for such a charge. There could be evidence that the accused forced the victim to give up their property by threatening to charge them with a crime. It can also applied against someone who knowingly acts in a way that could negatively affect a victim’s life. This relates to health or career concerns, reputation or relationships, financial or business situations or safety issues.
If the victim is involved in legal proceedings, the accused might threaten to either not testify on their behalf or testify against them. Another instance would be fear of having previously undisclosed information about the victim publicly released, which could cause that individual to be treated in a hostile manner by the public.
In some situations, attempting to cause problems with an individual’s business through a strike or boycott could be determined to be Extortion.
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