Larceny in Massachusetts

On behalf of Brian D. Roman, Attorney at Law on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Larceny charges have far reaching consequences in Massachusetts. Under state law, larceny is defined as stealing, obtaining property under a false pretense with the intent to defraud, or takes property with the intent to embezzle.

The punishment for theft charges may vary depending on the type of property stolen and its value. Theft of property worth more than $250 carries harsher penalties than theft of property worth less than $250. The theft of a firearm is prosecuted under a different part of the legal code and the theft of property from a common carrier also carries a slightly different sentencing structure.

When you hear the term theft, you might immediately think of possessions. However, larceny charges may apply to real estate, bank notes, deeds and trade secrets. One of the most important things to consider with charges of this nature is the value of the property associated with the charges. The value of the property involved will have a major impact on the possible sentence upon conviction.

Acts of larceny against the disabled and people over 60 have harsher penalties than most other types of larceny. Courts also have the option of ordering restitution to be paid.

If you have been accused of larceny, you may want to speak to an attorney to find out what options are available for your defense. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to have your case dismissed. If not, an attorney can work with the prosecutor's office in an effort to obtain a more satisfactory result. A larceny-related conviction may have a severe future impact, including difficulty obtaining satisfactory employment.

Source: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, "Larceny; general provisions and penalties", September 19, 2014