Theft or larceny crimes are some of the most common charges. Even if you did not “steal” from someone directly, embezzlement or fraud can also be charged as larceny. Conviction of a larceny crime, whether a felony or misdemeanor, can permanently damage your reputation and mar your record even if you don’t receive a jail or prison sentence.
The experienced theft crime lawyers of Elkins, Auer, Rudof & Schiff serve Northampton, Springfield, and the Hampshire County, Hampden County, and Franklin County. Our team has helped clients navigate the Massachusetts legal system and present the best possible defense for their criminal charges. In many cases, we are able to resolve larceny charges without a trial, but we prepare from the start to present your defense to a jury if necessary.
Understanding Property Crimes
In Massachusetts, most forms of larceny are referred to as “property crimes.” These are offenses that involve the destruction or theft of someone’s property. Determining the specifics of your criminal charge is important because a defense must be crafted to suit the particulars of your alleged offense. A client who is accused of shoplifting will need to approach their case much differently than someone who is charged with larceny by check.
The following are examples of Massachusetts property crimes:
- Larceny by check (knowingly writing a bad check), uttering, forgery
- Embezzlement, Larceny by a Common Scheme
- Knowingly receiving stolen property
- Larceny of a Motor Vehicle
- Identity fraud (lying about your identity to obtain goods or services)
- Credit card fraud
Each of these and other theft charges requires a unique defensive approach. Our attorneys have experience representing clients who have been charged with a variety of theft and property crimes.