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.