Petit larceny, commonly known as petty larceny or petty theft, is a charge that one will face if caught shoplifting or taking personal property owned by another or property belonging to a hotel. That’s right, taking those bath towels from the hotel can be a petit larceny. Typically, petit larceny is when one intentionally steals, takes and carries away, leads away or drive away personal property or goods, with a value less than $650, owned by another.
Penalties for Petit Larceny Include:
- A misdemeanor of up to 6 months in jail and/or fine not more than $1,000
- Possible community service instead of jail
- Restitution for property stolen
Property will be valued at the highest value attributable to the property by any reasonable standard for purposes of determining the $650 threshold for petit larceny and restitution.
Defenses are available: Lack of intent to steal the property; it was your property; if there was not taking at all; and of course, any pretrial motions to suppress evidence due to any illegal search or seizure.
Contact The Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata at 702-366-0891 to discuss your petit larceny case and defenses.