Grand larceny is a felony in Oklahoma that can, under certain circumstances, land the accused in prison for up to eight years. Larceny occurs when the perpetrator uses deceit and stealth rather than violence to steal someone's property. Unfortunately, it is also used as a catch-all provision by prosecutors when they charge someone with any kind of theft. Your personal and professional reputation can suffer irreparable damage if you are accused of being a thief.
At Taylor Ryan, we represent clients who have been accused of grand larceny and other white collar crimes. These charges are serious, and you need quality legal advice. Contact our Tulsa grand larceny attorneys online or call 866-761-7693 toll free to discuss your case.
What Does a Grand Larceny Charge Mean?
Grand larceny is depriving someone else of his or her property by fraud or stealth where the value of the property is greater than $500. Grand larceny is a felony, and is punishable by a large fine and imprisonment up to five years. For property that is valued at less than $500, the perpetrator faces a charge of petit larceny, which can result in a fine of between $10 and $500. Larceny of autos equipment can result in imprisonment up to 20 years or a fine equal to three times the value of the stolen property. While this may seem straightforward enough to a lay person, in practice charges of this kind are anything but, due to how prosecutors apply the law.
Catch-All Use of Grand Larceny Charges by Prosecutors
Someone who finds lost property — say a brand new iPad — is not always required to seek out the owner. However, if the iPad is found under circumstances that give him or her "knowledge or means" to inquire as to the identity of the true owner, the story is a little different. He or she can face a charge of grand larceny because:
The property is valued at more than $500, and
The person who found the property did not attempt to find the owner.
Larceny charges in Oklahoma are used by the prosecution as a catch-all provision to include theft where force or threat of violence is not used. Due to the broad definition, many individuals in Oklahoma can easily find themselves on the wrong end of a larceny case.
Protect Your Rights Against Grand Larceny Theft Charges
The experienced criminal defense lawyers at Taylor Ryan, have spent more than 25 years defending clients in criminal court. We know how to deal with overzealous police and prosecutors and protect your rights against charges that do not fit your actions. We are also experienced negotiators who are able to leverage our trial experience to get you the best possible outcome in pre-trial settlement discussions. We are on your side, start to finish, providing sound legal advice and aggressive advocacy.
We understand that you have questions. You may be unsure about whether a lawyer is right for you. We are here to help you find answers. Located in downtown Tulsa, our offices are open weekdays from nine to five. We also offer evening and weekend consultations by appointment. Contact us today to find out more.