Theft / Larceny

Theft, otherwise referred to as “larceny” by the North Carolina criminal statutes, involves the wrongful taking of someone else’s property with the intention to permanently deprive the rightful owner of its further use. The terms “theft” and “larceny” are used interchangeably.

What Constitutes Theft?

Under North Carolina law, the crime of theft, or larceny, includes the following acts:

  • Possessing or receiving stolen goods;
  • Concealing merchandise in a store;
  • Theft from a merchant, or “shoplifting;”
  • Theft by an employee, or “embezzlement;”
  • Larceny of gasoline from a service station;
  • Conducting “chop-shop” activities; and,
  • Stealing motor vehicle parts.
  • Embezzlement

Embezzlement is often referred to as a “white collar” or “financial crime”. It involves the use of a position of trust to accomplish the taking of the entrusted property. Unlike larceny, embezzlement does not require an intent to permanently deprive the rightful owner of the property. This difference may seem arbitrary, especially if you have been charged with both crimes based on the same alleged conduct.

Consequences of a Conviction on Larceny/Theft or Embezzlement Charges

Convictions for larceny or embezzlement are felonies and have serious criminal penalties, including a jail sentence, community service and/or probation. They can also result in civil penalties such as restitution, punitive damages, and, in some cases, civil forfeiture of any assets involved in the crime. Charges of embezzlement have enhanced sentencing intended to severely punish for the additional wrong of having abused a position of trust for personal gain. Embezzlement is a state and a federal offense.

In addition to these legal consequences, having a felony conviction for theft or embezzlement could destroy dreams you may have for your future and foreclose opportunities for success that may otherwise be available to you.

Our firm has decades of experience and a team of criminal defense attorneys who have a solid background with successfully defending larceny and embezzlement cases in and around Wake County. Our criminal defense attorneys are accomplished trial lawyers and successful negotiators who can ensure you receive the most robust defense available. We have a strong working knowledge of the applicable state and federal laws and the experience you need to achieve the best outcome available to your circumstance. We are the aggressive and determined lawyers you want representing your interests. Call us today for a free consultation at 919-833-5555

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