How Does Larceny Work in Virginia?
The e-mails seemed to be sent out daily. They probably were not that frequent, but it seemed that way. Anyone who was on the City’s Neighborhood Watch distribution list in Lynchburg knows what this means. Every night (seemingly), a list of streets had been targeted by someone who was stealing from vehicles.
Lock your vehicles, the e-mails always said. Remove any valuable items before you go inside your home, they always continued. The next day, an almost identical e-mail would be sent. All that had changed was the names of the streets.
On July 6th, an arrest was made. On that day, police said that, since April, “there have been 114 larceny reports, 15 tampering with vehicle reports and 15 vehicle theft reports.” The person arrested had 27 warrants out for his arrest. Additional charges are still pending.
Larceny from Vehicles:
Larceny has been discussed on this blog before. There are two general forms of larceny: grand larceny and petit larceny. With some exceptions, $200 makes the difference between the two types. Depending on how it was stolen, if the value of the stolen items exceeds $200, it becomes grand larceny.
According to the Code of Virginia, grand larceny is “punishable by imprisonment in a state correctional facility for not less than one nor more than twenty years.”
Tampering with Vehicles:
One of the additional types of charges that was mentioned in the story above was tampering with vehicles. This Class 1 misdemeanor applies to actions taken against any “vehicle, aircraft, boat or vessel” that will prevent its operation or make it in some way unable to be operated. This is the most serious of the misdemeanor charges and is subject to up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
This blog has always tried to do two things. First, it seeks to educate the reader on the various laws in Virginia, the potential penalties when those laws are broken, and how the laws and penalties are applied. The second thing this blog has often sought to do is convince the reader to contact an attorney who can provide quality representation and guide them through the legal process.
Innocent until proven guilty is the code by which our legal system is made to operate. This even applies to our alleged car tamperer at the top of this post. He has a right to a trial, and in that trial, the government must prove he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt before his liberty can be taken away.
In this particular area, every person accused of larceny needs to start with a free consultation with a skilled defense attorney. That defense attorney can explain how the laws work and what his or her options are. As mentioned, in this area of the law, you may have more options than you think. You always have the choice to decide what to do from there. If this is you, call or e-mail today for a free consultation!
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