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Grand Larceny Questions

Grand larceny is the illegal act of taking one persons property without consent with a value greater than that of petit larceny. Many states recognize only larceny but base the severity of the crime by the amount taken during the larceny. The amount will determine whether the crime is a felony or a misdemeanor. Below are a few questions about grand larceny that are often asked.

I am a full time student with a child and I am on welfare. I was arrested for grand larceny for stealing baby clothes because I couldn't afford to buy them. I have never been in any kind of trouble before. How should I plead when I go before the judge? I don't have the money to hire a lawyer.

Regardless of whether you have been arrested for taking a piece of bubble gum or committing murder, you should always plead not guilty. This plead will allow you the chance to speak with an attorney who can advise you of all options available in order to make the right decision. Many people are unaware that they should plead not guilty, and the court will anticipate the not guilty charge. This is because everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. At the arraignment, you should notify the judge that you are unable to afford an attorney and ask to be appointed a public defender. Once this has been done, the judge will adjourn court and set the next court appearance. At this time you will meet your public defender who will go over your case with you.

Once your attorney has reviewed your case, you may want to discuss the option of a plea agreement that would keep you from going to jail and also protect your record. If the plea agreement is allowed, you can then change your plea to guilty in exchange for the plea agreement. This is why it is so important to plead not guilty at the arraignment. You have something to work with, but if you plead guilty, you cannot change your plead. Usually, if you work a plea agreement and plead guilty to the charges, the judge will receive the criminal conviction but usually no jail time.

I was questioned about grand larceny at my workplace after I found an envelope on the ground outside. They booked me without reading me my rights and put me in a holding cell overnight then released me on bail. I was later indicted but never notified. I was pulled over for speeding and found out there was a warrant for my arrest. What should I do? My attorney doesn't seem interested in my well being.

The choice of taking this to trial and fighting the charges is yours to make. If there were any statements made during the time you were at the police department, it's possible for your attorney to have those challenged at your suppression hearing. Your attorney will also be able to determine if the police department has violated your Miranda rights.

However, I you don't want this to go to trial, it's possible that you won't receive more than probation for the felony plea. It the case doesn't go to court, your attorney's lack of interest won't be an issue. If you are planning on going to trial and fight the charges against you, you should consider looking for another attorney. If this case goes to court, you will need open communication with your attorney. If he/she isn't providing you with updates and information about the case, you should find another attorney who will be more attentive to you and your case.

Regarding grand larceny & double jeopardy: I have already pled to a misdemeanor plea bargain for stealing $16000 between Jan. 2010 & March 2010. If they discover that an additional $18000 was stolen during June 2009 & Dec. 2009, can I be re-charged for grand larceny?

Usually, to be double jeopardy, the original charges would have to cover the dates of the additional money that was stolen. In other words, if the prosecutor charged you for larceny for 2009-2010, but through a plea agreement you plead guilty to the 2010 charges only, the prosecution couldn't come back and charge you for larceny that took place in 2009.

However, if the original charges were addressing the 2010 larceny and you pled guilty to those charges, but later, the evidence of the larceny from 2009 was found, you could possibly be charged for that larceny. The original charges will be the determining factor to whether or not you can be recharged. If the state for conduct and you agreed to plead guilty, the state will not be able to charge you again. If the state didn't originally charge you for conduct, the state can charge you regardless of your plea.

Grand larceny is a crime that can result in arrest and a criminal record. If you are having issues regarding grand larceny, you should ask an Expert familiar with this type of crime to evaluate the particulars of your case and provide legal insight.

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