What is grand larceny?

GRAND larceny is a legal term that is in common use in many states and is another word for theft.

Here’s what you need to know about the criminal offense and the punishment that offenders can expect to receive.

What is grand larceny?

Larceny means permanently depriving a person of their property and in many areas theft is referred to as larceny with the terms interchangeable.

Petty or simple larceny is usually a misdemeanor and involves theft of property less than a certain value- for example $1000 – with the threshold set locally.

The offense of grand larceny comes into effect when the threshold for the value of the property stolen, including money, has been crossed.

Larceny involves taking property without the use of force and without breaking into a structure to do so.

Robbery involves taking property from a person through force or the threat of force, while burglary involves breaking into a structure to commit a crime. 

How long can you go to jail for grand larceny?

Grand larceny is a felony crime and can involve a long jail sentence of years in a state prison or more plus a hefty fine.

The length of sentence varies according to the state, for example in New York the punishment for grand larceny can be up to 12 years in prison.

Some states only recognize the crime of larceny but draw the line between a felony and a misdemeanour, which is punishable with a local jail time or a smaller fine.

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