Larceny Lawyers in Massachusetts
Larceny in Massachusetts is the unlawful taking of another person's property with the intent to deprive them of it forever. There are many ways one can be charged with a larceny offense:
- By stealing
- By false pretenses
- By check
- By stealing in a building
- By stealing from a person
- By embezzlement
- Of leased or rented personal property
The value of the property taken is relevant to the disposition of a larceny charge. Sometimes, the Commonwealth will seek restitution from the defendant. The value of the property needs to be demonstrated by the Commonwealth before a payment of restitution is ordered.
Identity Fraud also falls in this category. One can be charged with this crime if they pose as someone they are not or if they obtain personal information about someone and use that information to commit larceny. For example, you used your brother's social security number, birthdate and name to obtain a credit card and then used the card to make purchases. Or, your daughter presents a driver's license with someone else's name and photo on it and uses it to obtain money from a bank or to harass the actual named person.
Shoplifting is another crime that falls in the category of larceny. It is the unlawful taking of property, not from a person, but from a merchant or store. Shoplifting occurs when a defendant conceals the merchandise, switches price tags or containers (so the price is less), removing a shopping cart, or by ringing up a false price.
These offenses are not to be taken lightly. They carry a jail sentence. If you have been charged with any of these offenses, you should immediately consult with an experienced attorney to help you navigate through the criminal justice system. The outcome of your case will depend on many factors including, but not limited to, your previous criminal history, whether you are currently on probation, the amount of injury or damages to the complaining witness, etc.
Kathleen A. Delaney, Esq. is an experienced attorney who is familiar with the criminal justice system and all the significant players.
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