Know that prosecutors must prove every element of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt, so if you can cast doubt on the prosecutor’s case concerning any of the required elements for larceny. As a defendant, you have some powerful defenses at your disposal—and a skilled larceny lawyer
will know how to focus on the elements and prepare the best defense for your case.
What is larceny?
In simple terms, larceny refers to taking someone else’s property without permission, and with the intent to permanently deprive the person of ownership. If you wonder, “What is grand larceny?” wonder no more—North Carolina has abolished the distinction between grand and petty (or petit) larceny.
If you are charged with larceny, hiring a skilled lawyer is the first thing you should do. Without an experienced legal professional on your side, it is very difficult to mount a defense against this type of charge.
To secure a larceny conviction, a prosecutor must be able to prove that you did the following:
• Took someone else’s property
• Took the property without permission
• Intended to permanently deprive the other person of ownership
During your first meeting with a larceny lawyer, he or she will ask questions and give you a chance to tell your side of the story. Using this information, the lawyer will present your options and start developing a defense strategy.
How can an attorney help you fight larceny charges?
If your case goes to trial, there are several ways an experienced larceny lawyer can help you.
One is by trying to convince the jury that you did not commit larceny. Your lawyer can do this by making a strong opening statement, discrediting the testimony given by the prosecutor’s witnesses, introducing a solid alibi, or submitting evidence that casts doubt on your involvement in the crime.
Your lawyer may try also to defend you by showing that you had permission to take the property, or that you did not intend to permanently deprive the victim of ownership. The defense strategy your lawyer uses will depend greatly on the information you provide at your first meeting. It is essential that you are honest with him or her so you can avoid surprises and have a fighting chance in court.
Call (919) 775-5653 or contact us and set up a consultation to speak with one of our experienced attorneys about your case.
Do you have to go to court?
If you do not want to take your chances in front of a jury, talk to your larceny lawyer about the possibility of negotiating a plea bargain. A plea bargain allows you to agree to plead guilty to a crime in exchange for some concessions from the prosecuting attorney. You might plead guilty to a lesser offense in exchange for a shorter jail term, for example.
The lawyers at Wilson, Reives & Silverman are skilled at negotiating with prosecutors and working out agreements that benefit those who have been charged with larceny and other crimes.
Why should you work with an attorney?
The legal system can be very confusing for someone without specialized training. Working with a skilled lawyer has several benefits for anyone charged with larceny:
• An experienced larceny lawyer knows how to approach a case from all angles to find the best possible defense strategy
• Prosecutors are often willing to extend professional courtesy to other lawyers, which is extremely helpful if you want to negotiate a plea bargain
• It may be possible—and advisable—for your lawyer to have the charge reduced from larceny to trespassing, a lesser offense
• Lawyers are familiar with the strategies used by certain prosecutors, which can be beneficial when determining the best way to handle your defense
What should you expect during your first meeting with a larceny lawyer?
At Wilson, Reives & Silverman, you’ll tell one of our experienced defense lawyers what happened, and then you’ll have an opportunity to discuss all of your options. Bring all case-related paperwork with you, especially if it came from the court.
If you have been charged with larceny, you need to hire a lawyer you can trust. At Wilson, Reives & Silverman, we have what it takes to guide you through the legal system and defend you against larceny charges. Contact us toll-free at (919) 775-5653, or use our online Contact Form to request a consultation.
Don’t take the risk of going to court alone. If you have been charged with larceny, you need a criminal lawyer who is ready to fight for your rights.