Pursuant to N.C.G.S. 14-72, larceny of property valued over $1,000, or receiving stolen goods or having reasonable grounds to know the goods are stolen is a Class H felony. If the goods are valued at less than $1,000, the law enforcement officer will charge the accused with misdemeanor larceny. Both charges carry the possibility of jail time.
Have you been charged with larceny? You may have options to have the charge reduced or dismissed completely. It is imperative you consult a criminal defense attorney to help mitigate any punishment, including fines and restitution.
If you are stopped on suspicion of larceny, make sure you do not make any statements to the loss prevention officer (With the exception of providing basic information, such as your name). Do not admit guilt. Do not tell the officer you were just trying on the item, or you forgot it in your bag. The officer might even say he will go easy on you if you just admit guilt, but he is likely trying to trick you. Be very polite and cooperative otherwise.
The criminal defense attorneys at Guirguis Law are experienced with handling larceny cases in Wake and Durham County. Contact us at (919) 832-0500 for a free consultation. We will take time to listen to you and will explain the different options you have to fight your case.