In Virginia, larceny is a serious criminal offense, regardless of whether you are charged with petit or grand larceny. Commonly referred to by most people as theft, a conviction will leave you with a criminal record – which can negatively impact many aspects of your life. Whether you have only been accused or have already been charged, it is in your best interest to hire an Arlington larceny defense attorney at once.
You may have been accused of something as seemingly minor as shoplifting, or something more serious such as embezzling. Regardless, you could be facing criminal penalties which may include jail/prison time, fines, probation, and more depending on the specific offense and prior criminal history. Whether you will be charged with a misdemeanor or felony will be decided by the prosecutor; however, in a larceny case it is generally the way property/money is taken and the value of that property that determine whether an individual is charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense (felonies are more serious, and usually involved harsher punishment for those convicted). Either way, hiring an experienced Arlington larceny lawyer offers many advantages, the most important being that it may be possible to have the charges dismissed or reduced.
When someone is arrested or even charged with a larceny offense, it does not indicate that the individual will be convicted or is automatically guilty. In fact, the opposite is true; until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, you are innocent. It is the prosecutor’s burden to prove your guilt through evidence, testimony, and other documents or data presented at trial. Your Arlington larceny attorney will work aggressively throughout every stage of the criminal justice process, enlightening you about the various phases, what you can expect, and most of all, challenging the evidence should your case proceed to trial.
In some instances taking swift action may result in charges not being filed; however, you must consult with a defense lawyer right away, immediately after your arrest as the criminal process moves forward fairly quickly following an arrest.
If you have been arrested or charged with shoplifting, petit or grand larceny, embezzling, stealing money/property which does not belong to you, or for any offense involving theft, consult with a capable and qualified Arlington larceny lawyer right away. It could mean the difference between losing your freedom and the ruin of your career/reputation, and having charges dismissed or being found not guilty.