Larceny, Theft and Property
At the Coughlin Law Group PC, we understand that people make mistakes, and that sometimes mistakes happen out of desperation. That does not mean that you do not have rights and that you deserve to have a mistake haunt you for the rest of your life.
That is why you can turn to our lawyers if you are facing any type of theft-related charge. Whether it is petty or grand larceny, stealing a car, a check or someone’s property, we can build the strong defense that you deserve.
Call 617-758-8888 today to contact our attorneys at the Coughlin Law Group in Boston, Massachusetts. Do not try to contest these charges alone.
Each Case Is Handled With Care
There is no such thing as a small criminal charge. Whether you are facing misdemeanor charges for shoplifting or felony charges for auto theft, we will provide the zealous defense you require.
We understand that a conviction for a theft offense could cost you your job, impact your future employment opportunities and have other adverse collateral consequences. We will examine the facts of your case, the basis for your arrest, the conduct of your arresting officer and the evidence in the prosecution’s possession to raise a strong defense on your behalf.
Depending on the facts of your case, we may be able to reach an agreement with the prosecution to help you avoid a criminal conviction. Our criminal defense team includes a former prosecutor, so we understand how to effectively communicate with prosecutors to pursue a favorable outcome on your behalf.
If a favorable outcome cannot be negotiated, we offer a team of experienced and highly skilled trial lawyers who will be thoroughly prepared to defend your rights in the courtroom.
Larceny Laws In Massachusetts
Larceny is a theft crime. It includes not only stealing property and embezzlement but also secreting the property with the intent to steal it later. The penalties you face under Massachusetts law will vary depending on the value of the property stolen and whether or not it involves a firearm.
If the property is valued at less than $250 and does not include a firearm, you could face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $300. If the property involves a firearm or is valued at more than $250, then you could face up to five years in prison or you could face up to two years in prison with up to $25,000 in fines. These penalties increase if the alleged victim is disabled or elderly.
What Is Grand Larceny?
When the value of the allegedly stolen property is more than $250, it is known as grand larceny. When it is less than $250 in value, it is known as petit larceny or petty larceny. The property stolen can include personal property, data, contracts, trade secrets and money.
The terms grand theft and grand larceny are interchangeable. These are simply two different terms used to describe the same theft crime, which is known as “larceny by stealing” under Massachusetts law.
Theft of an automobile or trailer is a different crime entirely. If convicted of auto theft, you could face up to 15 years in prison or up to 2.5 years in prison with up to $15,000 in fines.
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