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Generally, people assume that larceny and theft are one of the same. Legally speaking, however, larceny is a kind of theft; thus theft is the encompassing concept.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in 2010, there were an estimated 6,185,867 larceny-thefts nationwide.

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program defines larceny-theft as the unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. Common examples are thefts of bicycles, motor vehicle parts and accessories, shoplifting, pocket-picking, or the stealing of any property or article that is not taken by force and violence or by fraud.

There are several degrees of larceny and theft, such as, grand larceny, also known as grand theft auto, or petty larceny, otherwise known as petty theft. Larceny-theft must involve personal property with the requirement of the possession actually being capable of being possessed and carried away. Therefore, real estate, services and other intangibles cannot be objects of larceny.

The penalties for larceny-theft depend on the facts of the case:

  • the dollar amount of item(s),
  • number of item(s),
  • prior criminal convictions,
  • and personal circumstances, such as, life circumstances, mental health, and age.

We recommend that you do not speak with anyone regarding your case until you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney. Discussing the case with anyone else, may lead you to divulge information that may be taken out of context resulting in a stronger case against you.

Arrested for Theft? Call Us Now!

The skilled Sacramento criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of Wing & Parisi can make the difference between your freedom or jail and misdemeanor or felony conviction. We possess the skill and knowledge to prepare a thorough defense against your specific charge. Call our office today for a free consultation. We will help you clearly understand your options, and answers any question you have regarding your case.


If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, contact the Law Office of Wing & Parisi for free consultation.