Farmington Hills Larceny Lawyer
MICHIGAN LARCENY LAWYER
Larceny is the legal term for the act of stealing property from another person. Depending upon the value of the property stolen, where the incident occurred and whether the person has prior larceny convictions, larceny can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor.
Larceny crimes carry serious criminal punishments that can include jail and fines. If you are under investigation or have been charged with larceny, you need an experienced criminal attorney. Our attorneys have defended clients in Oakland, Wayne, Livingston, and Macomb counties as well as district and circuit courts throughout Michigan. The police and prosecutors use aggressive tactics to get their conviction – protect yourself with an aggressive defense attorney.
Larceny charges are often times based upon weak circumstantial evidence: somebody’s property goes missing and the last person seen near it gets charged. These type of cases can be very defensible. The key can be having an experienced defense attorney representing you from the beginning of the investigation rather than making statements to the police on your own behalf. You have a 5th Amendment right to remain silent: Use it!
If you value your rights, your reputation and your freedom, you need to call Jeffrey Buehner. Your first consultation is free so call now: (248) 865-9640 or fill out our Free Consultation form.
Michigan Larceny Charge Defense Lawyer
Misdemeanor larceny may be charged in the following circumstances:
- If the property stolen has a value of less than $200.00, it is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500.00 or 3 times the value of the property stolen, whichever is greater.
- If the property stolen has a value of $200.00 or more but less than $1,000, it is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000.00 or 3 times the value of the property stolen, whichever is greater.
- Larceny From A Motor Vehicle Less Than $1,000
Michigan Larceny In a Building
Felony larceny comes in many different forms and a larceny that might otherwise be a misdemeanor can be charged as a felony simply because of the circumstances under which the stealing occurred. A primary example of this is larceny in a building. If a person steals an item worth $10, then they should be charged with larceny under $200, a 93 day misdemeanor, right? Not if it occurs inside of a building. Regardless of the value of the property stolen, if it was stolen inside of a building it can be charged as larceny in a building – a felony punishable by up to 4 years in prison!
Michigan Felony Larceny
Other felony larceny charges include:
- If the property stolen has a value of $1,000.00 or more but less than $20,000.00 it is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years and/or a fine of $10,000.00 or 3 times the value of the property stolen, whichever is greater.
- If the property stolen has a value of $20,000.00 or more it is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years and/or a fine of $15,000.00 or 3 times the value of the property stolen, whichever is greater.
- Larceny From A Motor Vehicle More Than $1,000
- Larceny From The Person
- Larceny By Conversion
Buying, Receiving, Possessing, Concealing, or Aiding In Concealment of Stolen, Embezzled or Converted Property or Motor Vehicle
This offense is commonly referred to as ‘receiving and concealing stolen property.’ Receiving and concealing stolen property doesn’t involve the actual theft of property, but rather knowingly possessing stolen property. It can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending upon the value of the stolen property and the defendant’s criminal history.
If you’d like a free phone consultation with an experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney, call Jeffrey Buehner at (248) 865-9640 or fill out our Free Consultation form.