A larceny is a type of theft. There are various types of theft in North Carolina – Embezzlement, Obtaining Property by False Pretenses, and Larcenies. In addition, there are various kinds of frauds. Sometimes the distinction between a fraud and a theft is hard to make out.

Larcenies – unlike Obtaining Property by False Pretenses and Embezzlements – can be either misdemeanors or felonies.

A larceny in Raleigh will typically be a misdemeanor if the value of the item in question is $1,000 or less.

However, a larceny can be a felony if the item is valued at $1,000 or more, or the item was taken from the person.

Those charged with misdemeanor larcenies in Raleigh for whom this is the first offense may be eligible for a first offenders or deferral program, where if they comply with the program, they would have the charges dismissed after 6 months or a year.

Those charged with misdemeanor larcenies who do not qualify for a deferral or first offenders program will need to fight the case on the merits. If this is a case involving shoplifting, and if the store does not send a representative, the case may be eventually dismissed, although you run the risk that if the representative does appear, you could be convicted.

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Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.

Larceny, Theft