VIRGINIA CRIMINAL LAWYER FOR SHOPLIFTING AND LARCENY CHARGES

Theft and larceny in Virginia may be either a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending on the dollar amount in question. If the amount is less than $200, the charge is known as petit larceny and is a class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia. If the amount is $200 or more, the charge is a grand larceny. Moreover, if the item stolen was a firearm, the perpetrator will automatically be charged with a felony offense regardless of the firearm’s dollar amount.

Our criminal lawyers for larceny have helped countless individuals who are facing shoplifting, petit larceny and grand larceny charges in Virginia, and they are standing by to discuss your case for free. Some of the best Virginia criminal lawyers have the experience to negotiate the terms of a larceny charge and either have it amended to a lesser offense with community service and other terms or have it dismissed altogether. Of course, each case is unique with its own set of facts and even the best criminal lawyers in Virginia cannot guarantee results. Contact us today: (703) 542-4008

What are the penalties for petit larceny in Virginia?

If convicted of petit larceny in Virginia, you will have a class 1 misdemeanor your criminal record. Additionally, you may face a maximum 12 month jail sentence, $2500 fine or both. Your criminal lawyer will also explain that you may be ordered to pay restitution to the victim(s).

What are the penalties for grand larceny in Virginia?

If convicted of grand larceny in Virginia, you will have a permanent felony on your criminal record. A grand larceny conviction in Virginia also carries a maximum 20 year penitentiary sentence and a $2500 fine.

Lawyer for Shoplifting & Altering Merchandise in Virginia

Shoplifting and altering merchandise in Fairfax can be classified as either petit larceny or grand larceny, depending on the value of the item(s) taken. Loss prevention officers and store employees are authorized to detain (for up to an hour) any person suspected of shoplifting in Fairfax when probable cause is present. Shoplifting is recognized as: (1) Purposely hiding, concealing or taking goods in a store (2) Altering an item’s price tag (3) Transferring items from one container to another (4) Any person who counsels, assists, or aids another in shoplifting. A shoplifting or altering conviction in Fairfax may carry some or all of the following penalties:

Shoplifting or Altering Merchandise Conviction in Virginia:

  • Maximum 12 month jail sentence
  • Maximum $2,500 court fine
  • Class 1 misdemeanor
  • Any court-ordered restitution
  • Shoplifter prevention class
  • Community Service
  • Probation

Virginia Criminal Attorney Explains Types of Fraud Charges

There are dozens of crimes that classify as fraud in Fairfax. Some primary examples include falsifying transcripts or diplomas, false statements to acquire property or credit, credit card fraud, and money laundering. Fraud crimes range from misdemeanors to felonies, but all can have serious penalties involved. Contact an experienced Fairfax criminal defense attorney today to discuss your fraud charge: (703) 542-4008.

Virginia Criminal Lawyer Explains Misdemeanor Fraud Charges

Misdemeanor fraud charges in Fairfax and Virginia range from least severe (class 4) to most severe (class 1). If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor fraud charge in Fairfax, you may face up to one year in jail, fines and any court-ordered restitution. Some example of misdemeanor fraud charges in Fairfax are: (1) Impersonating an officer: Class 1 (2) Identity theft: Class 1 (can be Class 6 felony) (3) Illegal use of insignia: Class 4 and (4) Audiovisual recording of motion pictures: Class 1

Fairfax Criminal Lawyer Explains Felony Fraud Charges


You can locate punishments for Fairfax fraud felonies in section § 18.2-10 of the Virginia Code. Felony fraud charges in Fairfax range from Class 6 (least severe) to Class 1 (most severe). A class 6 felony fraud charge may result in a maximum 5 year jail sentence and a $2,500 fine, while a Class 1 conviction may be punishable by death. If you are unsure about the severity level of your fraud charge, call a local Fairfax criminal attorney today (703) 542-4008. Some examples of felony fraud crimes include (1) Forging coin or bank notes: Class 4 (2) Prescription fraud (3) Identity theft: Class 1 misdemeanor or Class 6 (4) Issuing bad checks: Up to a Class 6 and (5) Obtaining money or signature by false pretense: Class 4. Michael A. Robinson has represented both adults and juveniles on felony fraud charges in Fairfax. Contact our office today for a free consultation: (703) 542-4008.