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What is the Penalty for Larceny in Massachusetts?

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The penalty for larceny in Massachusetts can vary from jail time to probation.  This depends on the circumstances of the offense and your record.

In Massachusetts, larceny can be either a felony or a misdemeanor. Larceny is taking someone’s property without force against them or the threat of force.

The main difference between misdemeanor larceny (“petty larceny”) and felony larceny (“grand larceny”) is the value of the property taken.  The penalty for larceny varies greatly depending on the type.

If the property is worth more than $1,200, it is felony larceny and can be punished by up to five years in Massachusetts State Prison, or a fine of $25,000 and prison up to two years. If the property is worth less than $1,200 (unless it involves an elderly person), it is misdemeanor larceny and can be punished by a jail time up to one year and a fine of up to $300.

Larceny is punished differently if the larceny is from a common carrier, a trade secret, or if it is from someone more than sixty years old or a disabled person. Furthermore, larceny of a vehicle is also a different offense.

Larceny can also have severe immigration consequences if you’re not a citizen. It’s important to contact a criminal lawyer who understands immigration law if you’re not a citizen and have been charged with larceny.

If you’ve been arrested for larceny, it’s important to get your defense started right away with a Massachusetts criminal lawyer. Contact me now, and let’s get started.

My office is located in Boston, Massachusetts, but I handle criminal cases, including larceny, in all Massachusetts courts. Contact me at (617) 295-7500.


Although I am an attorney, I am not your attorney.  Please do not rely on anything on this page as legal advice because any specific advice would depend on your situation.  Any results posted on this page are not guarantees of outcomes in your case.

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