Virginia Beach Petty Theft Defense Lawyer
About Petty Theft/Larceny Charges
Petty theft, often referred to as petty larceny or petit larceny, is a type of theft offense that involves taking goods, property or money valued at less than $200. This is a misdemeanor offense in Virginia and may be punishable by up to 12 months in jail. If the defendant has two prior convictions for petty theft on his or her record, he or she may face felony charges for any third or subsequent offense. Petty theft charges also do not involve the use or possession of a deadly
weapon or the use of force, violence or threats in the commission of the offense. Most petty theft crimes are committed in a clandestine manner without the property owner knowing that the property is being taken.
Were you recently arrested for or accused of shoplifting in the Virginia Beach area? A criminal defense attorney can protect your interests and legal rights. You may be facing criminal charges and penalties that will have a serious and lasting impact on your career, reputation and life in general. Make sure you work with a lawyer who can build a defense against your charges.
Challenging Petty Theft in Virginia Beach
In order to successfully challenge petty theft charges, your lawyer will need to ensure that the prosecution cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you willfully and intentionally took another's property with the intent of denying the owner of its use or possession. Intent is a key factor in these cases. For example, an item may have accidentally fallen into your bag or purse while shopping. When you left the store, the item was in your possession but you did not intentionally take it. Your lawyer can challenge physical evidence and intent to seek an advantageous outcome.
Find out more about the strategies that may work for your case. Contact a Virginia Beach theft defense attorney at our firm today.