Boston Theft Crime Lawyers

Defending Against Theft Crime Charges in Massachusetts

Theft, most commonly referred to as "larceny," is when an individual has stolen property from another person, obtains another's property through fraudulent claims, converts another person's property in order to steal or embezzle, or hides the property with the intent to steal it. The consequences of a conviction can be severe, so having a plan to fight the charges against you is critically important. Whatever your situation may be, our criminal defense attorneys at Gens & Stanton, P.C. can provide you with the legal counsel you need.

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Types of Theft Crime Charges in Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts does not have a classification system for theft crimes, dividing them into either felony or misdemeanor charges. Instead, the state looks at each individual incident and makes a determination on how severe the punishment should be. Depending on several factors, an individual may be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony, with penalties ranging from fines to jail time.

The three factors that are taken into consideration by the courts include:

  • Value of the property: The lowest-level theft offense includes stealing property valued at less than $1200. Individuals charged who commit this type of offense face no more than one year in prison. However, individuals who steal property worth over $1200 face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
  • Type of property: Depending on the property stolen, individuals can face possible jail time and significant fines. For example, if the stolen property was merchandise form a retail store valued at less than $100, the individual may not face jail time for a first offense.
  • Type of victim: If the stolen property was taken directly from another person, the punishment can include jail time in either state prison or a county correctional facility. Additionally, if the victim is over 65 years old, the penalties become more severe.

Contact us today at (617) 206-4675 to learn how our theft crime lawyers in Boston can help you.