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Posted 07/11/2019 in Legal by Nickola Law

Man Facing Larceny Charges for Stealing Gun

Man Facing Larceny Charges for Stealing Gun

A man from New York was arrested in AuSable Township for stealing a gun from a local store. The police were called to Haglund’s sporting good store where a clerk reported that the man took a gun out of the display case and then fled in a black Jeep. Officers located the vehicle and arrested the 26-year-old man. They found the gun behind a cabin where the man was staying. He is being charged with larceny in a building, possession of a firearm by a felon, and larceny of a firearm.

What is Theft in Michigan?

In Michigan, criminal laws refer to theft as larceny. When a person commits larceny in Michigan, that person is stealing property that belongs to another individual. This property could be money, receipts, goods, real estate deeds, public records, and much more.

Classifications and Punishments for Larceny

Like most states, Michigan classifies larceny offenses as either a misdemeanor or a felony based on the dollar value of the property that was stolen and sometimes based on the circumstances surrounding the theft.

  • Misdemeanor LarcenyMisdemeanor theft is divided into two categories – petty theft and second-degree theft. Petty theft is the theft of services or goods valued less than $200. It is punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a fine of not more than $500. Second-degree larceny is when the theft of services or goods is valued between $200 and $1,000. Second-degree larceny in Michigan may be punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine not to exceed $2,000.
  • Felony Larceny: Just like with misdemeanor larceny, felony larceny is divided into two levels. People who are charged with theft of services or goods valued between $1,000 and $20,000 can be sentenced to up to five years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000. Felony larceny charges also apply to theft of trailers, motor vehicles, and motor vehicle parts, even if the vehicles or parts are not valued more than $1,000. Second-degree felony larceny applies to people when the services or goods stolen are valued over $20,000. This crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of as much as $15,000.

How Prior Convictions Affect Larceny Penalties

When a defendant has previously been convicted of a larceny offense, any subsequent conviction can carry a penalty that is one degree of severity higher than the offense with which they are being charged. For example, if a person is accused of petty theft for goods less than $200, but has been convicted of larceny before, then that person could receive a penalty for second-degree larceny instead.

Have a Good Criminal Defense Attorney on Your Side

Having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side if you are facing charges of larceny is your best option. An experienced attorney can review your case and develop the best possible defense strategy.

The attorneys at Nickola Law have decades of experience representing defendants in a variety of criminal cases, including larceny. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. You can have peace of mind knowing that we will use every possible tactic available under the law to protect your rights.

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