DC Theft Lawyer
The type of Theft you are charged with in Washington, D.C. or Virginia varies depending on the value of the items stolen, and whether the theft is from a person or a business. In Virginia, if you are accused of stealing items or money with a value of under $200 from a business, the charge is misdemeanor Petit Larceny. If the value of the property is $200 or greater, you will be charged with felony Grand Larceny. You may also be charged with Grand Larceny in Virginia if you steal anything from a person worth $5 or more, or if you steal a firearm of any value. The penalty for conviction of Petit Larceny is up to 12 months in jail, and/or up to a $2500 fine. Grand Larceny carries a much harsher penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
Shoplifting in Washington, DC is usually charged as 2nd Degree Theft, and carries a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and and/or a $1000 fine. If the value of the stolen property is $1000 or more, the charge is 1st Degree Theft which is a felony carrying up to 10 years in prison. Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, you may be eligible for first offender diversion in both Virginia and D.C., which may include community service and/or a shoplifting class.