Grand Larceny South Carolina
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South Carolina, like most states, defines theft (which includes grand larceny) in different ways. This depends on what was stolen, how much it was worth, and how the victim suffered.
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What is Grand Larceny in
Not all theft crimes are grand larceny. South Carolina, through common law definitions, also has petit larceny laws.
Grand larceny offenses are those which involve permanently depriving an individual of their property and that property is worth over $2,000. This differs from definitions of larceny and petit larceny in significant ways.
Larceny simply means stealing. That is taking a person’s property and intending to deprive the rightful owner of their property and convert the property use for the thief’s own use. Petit larceny is the act of taking someone’s property and that property being under $2,000 in value.
What can be charged as grand larceny?
As mentioned above, not all theft charges are considered grand larceny. But, even those theft charges which involve high-priced items, might not just be a grand larceny offense. What does this mean?
First, let’s see what the potential consequences of grand larceny charges are:
- If an item is valued above $2,000 and less than $10,000 then a person could face up to 5 years in prison and a fine.
- If an item is valued above $10,000 then a person could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine.
However, if there was substantial violence or a weapon used in the commission of the theft, then regardless of the monetary value of the item stolen, the defendant could face armed robbery or strong-arm robbery charges.
There are also special theft charges in South Carolina’s criminal code. These include stealing turpentine, fish, and historical materials to name a few.