Most California residents automatically think that all theft crimes are alike. Theft and larceny are two common examples of such crimes, but it’s fair to wonder if they have differences. If you’re facing charges, you should know what these crimes mean.
What is larceny?
Larceny is a type of theft crime that involves intentionally taking property that belongs to another person with the intention of permanently depriving them of it. There are different types of larceny and different levels of crime. Petit larceny refers to the theft of property that has a value of less than $950. When the stolen property is valued at under $950, a person who is convicted of the crime would face misdemeanor charges.
If the crime involves property that is valued at $950 or higher, a felony charge could be applied if a person is convicted. This type of larceny crime is known as grand larceny.
What is theft?
Theft is a broad term for several types of theft-related crimes. In order for a person to be charged with such a crime, there must be certain elements present. The person would have to have taken property that belongs to someone else without their knowledge or consent. The property was taken with the intention of permanently depriving its rightful owner of it. The property can be any number of things and not just physical property.
More about theft
Theft that involves rental or leased property can result in a misdemeanor charge. However, if the theft involves a weapon or animal, it’s possible to be charged with a felony.
Theft crimes are serious and should be taken seriously. Your future and freedom depend on it.