Theft, otherwise known as larceny, can be a serious offense. There are different types and degrees of theft, but generally speaking, theft is when you relieve someone of their property with the intent to permanently keep it from them.

Theft is a broad categorization, and can include shoplifting, stealing a purse or wallet, thefts from inside motor vehicles, thefts of motor vehicle parts and accessories, and other thefts that are committed without force, violence, or fraud. Theft does not include charges of embezzlement, con games, forgery, passing or receiving bad checks, or theft of motor vehicles.

In South Carolina, criminal theft is classified as either "Petit" or "Grand" larceny. The difference is based on the value of the items that were taken. Property worth $2,000 or less is "petit," and anything over $2,000 is "grand" larceny.

Understanding the nuances of the law and staying abreast of the changes is incredibly important to those who practice law. For example, in 2010, South Carolina changed the threshold values that determine whether a charge of theft is considered a misdemeanor or a felony. The Leventis Law Firm, LLC stays abreast of all such changes and is always prepared with the most up-to-date information to properly defend their clients.

If you are facing larceny charges related to theft, locating and retaining an experienced lawyer as quickly as possible is crucial to achieving the best possible outcome for your case. Our firm has a deep bench of experience in handling even the most complex theft cases, and any accompanying charges that may be applied simultaneously. We are determined to achieve justice for each and every one of our clients, utilizing the full resources of our firm and exploring every legal avenue in your case. If you are in South Carolina and have been charged with larceny, contact us today for a free consultation.