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Raleigh, NC Theft Crimes Defense Attorneys

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Lawyers Defending Against Larceny and Shoplifting Charges in Wake County

Criminal charges involving theft can take many forms, and all of them are serious. Theft charges—generally referred to as "larceny" in North Carolina law—are part of a category of criminal offenses known as property crimes. Many theft crimes involve the threat or use of force, but not all do. Charges for theft crimes can range from misdemeanors to felonies, and a conviction can lead to severe penalties and a criminal record that could follow you for the rest of your life.

At the Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC, our criminal defense team has more than 35 years of combined experience, and we understand what is at stake when you are facing theft or larceny charges. Our lawyers have helped many clients successfully defend against similar charges, so we know what it takes to get results in even the most complex cases. You can depend on us to provide the skilled guidance and trusted representation you need to get the best possible outcome for your unique circumstances.

Understanding North Carolina Larceny Laws

North Carolina law defines theft or larceny as the unlawful taking of property that belongs to another party with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of such property. Most theft-related crimes in the state are considered larceny and may be prosecuted as either misdemeanors or felonies. The severity of the charges, as well as the penalties associated with a conviction, will depend on the nature of the property, its value, and other relevant factors.

The experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC are equipped to help you defend against any and all charges related to theft in North Carolina, including but not limited to:

  • Misdemeanor concealment: Shoplifting and retail theft are generally charged under the offense of "concealment of merchandise." In most cases, a first concealment offense is a Class 3 misdemeanor, and a second offense is a Class 2 misdemeanor.
  • Misdemeanor larceny: If you are accused of taking property with a value of $1,000 or less, you will likely face Class 1 misdemeanor charges. With no prior history, you could face up to 45 days in jail if you are convicted.
  • Felony larceny: A theft crime is usually handled as a Class H felony if the value of the stolen property is over $1,000. Felony charges are automatic if the theft was committed as a robbery or burglary, or if the property in question is a firearm or explosive.

You could also face charges for the possession of stolen goods. Again, the value and nature of the property will dictate whether the case is prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony. If multiple items are stolen in a given incident, the total value of all of the items will be used.

Protecting Your Rights in Johnston County

While a misdemeanor larceny charge may carry less severe penalties than a felony charge does, there is no such thing as a minor theft crime in North Carolina. Having a theft conviction on your record can limit your personal and professional opportunities for many years to come. With this in mind, it is important to seek help from a qualified theft crimes attorney as soon as possible.

When you choose the Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC to assist with your case, your best interests become our top priority. We will carefully review the circumstances that led to your arrest, and we will listen to your side of the story. From there, we will develop a customized strategy for obtaining a favorable outcome. In some cases, we may be able to negotiate a reduction or dismissal of the charges against you, especially if it is your first offense. However, we are also fully prepared to defend your innocence in court if necessary, and we pledge to remain at your side every step of the way.

Contact Us Today to Get Started

For more information about our firm and how we can help with your North Carolina larceny case, contact our office. Call 1-844-YO-PELEO or 919-989-3000 to schedule a no-cost consultation and case review today. The team at Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC serves clients in Raleigh, Smithfield, Charlotte, and throughout the surrounding areas. Hablamos Espanol.

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