Larceny is another word for theft. It is the act of taking money or property for your own use to which you have no legal right with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it. It can be charged in a variety of ways. Larceny charges range from:


  • Shoplifting—Where money or property is carried away with the intent of depriving the true owner of it and keeping it for your own use
  • Embezzlement—While in a position of trust where you were entrusted with possession of personal property or money, you took that property or money and tried to keep it for yourself
  • Larceny by Check—Passing a check where you knew that there were not sufficient funds to cover it and you did it with the intent to defraud that bank or person
  • Purse Snatching—a form of robbery that usually includes an element of surprise along with force or the threat of force
  • Burglary—Entering a home, business, car or building with the intent to steal property
  • Receiving Stolen Property—Knowingly receiving, buying or aiding in the concealment of stolen property
  • Robbery— A theft that is committed with either force or the threat of force
  • Credit card fraud– is a kind of fraud where a merchant (business, service provider, seller, etc.) is “tricked” into releasing merchandise or rendering services, believing that a credit card account will provide payment for goods/services. …
  • Identity theft— Is where someone pretends to be someone else in order to steal money or obtain other benefits
  • Money Laundering— Is the act of disguising illegally obtained funds so that they seem legal.
  • Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime with the Intent to Commit a Felony—entering a building, ship, vessel, or vehicle in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony

Boston Attorney Defending Against Larceny Accusations

The range of seriousness of these larceny charges and the potential penalties vary greatly. A simple first-time minor shoplifting may have the possibility of being dismissed even prior to the formal charges being issued while major fraud or a robbery can potentially result in a lengthy period of incarceration in state prison.


Either way, if it’s minor and you want to prevent getting a criminal record at all or it’s a serious felony to which you want to avoid a lengthy prison sentence, it is vital that you hire a skilled attorney who has fought for decades on behalf of those charged with larceny. Attorney Peter Elikann has a long track record of results on large and small larceny charges.


If you need representation for charges concerning larceny, contact Attorney Elikann for a 100 % private and confidential consultation at 617-742-9462.

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