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Larceny is considered theft in Rhode Island, which means if you are charged with larceny, you are accused of stealing something. Larceny charges may be classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the value of the item that was allegedly taken. If the value is determined to be $1,500 or more, it is considered a felony that can carry stiff penalties including significant jail time and hefty fines. Even a misdemeanor larceny charge can involve a prison sentence and substantial fines.

Attorney Archambault has experience both as a prosecutor and a defender. Before beginning his legal career, he also worked as a police officer in Rhode Island. He has served in the State Senate for many years as well, demonstrating his vast experience on all sides of the justice system. His multifaceted perspective allows him to provide the highest level of representation to his clients, helping them obtain the more favorable outcome possible. Rest assured our experienced team will be diligent, thorough, and unrelenting in our pursuit of your interests.

Understanding Larceny

In Rhode Island, the following acts all fall under the umbrella of larceny:

  • Shoplifting
  • Embezzlement
  • Misappropriation
  • Unlawful appropriation
  • Insurance fraud
  • Receiving stolen goods
  • False pretenses

Larceny is considered a “specific intent” crime, which means the prosecution must be able to prove the accused specifically intended to deprive another individual of an object of value. To qualify for larceny charges, the item does not need to be removed completely from its original location. If someone picks up an item with the intent to take it but puts it back down because someone enters the area, it can still be considered larceny if it can be proven the intent was to take the object.

Misdemeanor or Felony

There are different levels of larceny charges:

When the total value of the object taken is under $1,500, the culprit will likely be charged with a misdemeanor. The penalties for a misdemeanor larceny charges include a maximum of one year in prison and a monetary fine of up to $500.

When the value of the object taken exceeds $1,500, the object taken is a firearm, or the object is taken directly from a person, the crime is classified as a felony. Penalties for a felony are a monetary fine up to $5,000, up to 10 years in prison, or a combination of the two.

Additional penalties may be handed down if the victim is over 65, for both misdemeanor and felony larceny charges.

Because the penalties for both misdemeanor and felony larceny can be significant, it is important to have experienced legal representation to protect your rights and ensure the best outcome from your case. With extensive experience and a commitment to treat all his clients with compassion, Attorney Archambault is the right choice for you.

Seeking Larceny Criminal Defense

We understand how a split-second decision, such as slipping an expensive item into your pocket, can derail your life. We are dedicated to working alongside clients in cases of both misdemeanor and felony larceny. Whether you are looking at one or 10 years in jail, we understand this is a consequence that no one wants to endure.

Archambault Law is distinguished in our community for our intricate knowledge of criminal defense tactics. If you or a loved one is facing felony or misdemeanor charges for theft, don’t wait to find a lawyer who will work tirelessly for you. Contact our team today at 401-231-9700.

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