Oklahoma Larceny Lawyer
Oklahoma larceny laws are no doubt necessary to give us the sense of security we need to successfully operate in a civilization of strangers. However, the only thing worse than being the victim of larceny is being falsely labeled a thief. That is why it is important to hire a larceny lawyer to help you navigate this difficult legal process.
Oklahoma Larceny Defined
Larceny is the taking of personal property accomplished by fraud or stealth, and with intent to deprive another thereof.
Furthermore, one who finds lost property under circumstances which gives him or her knowledge or means to inquire in to the identity of the true owner may also be charged with larceny if he or she keeps the property without first making a good faith effort to find the true owner and restore possession.
Consequently, larceny charges in Oklahoma are used by the prosecution as a catch-all provision to encompass those instances of 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.
Oklahoma Degrees of Larceny
Oklahoma divides its criminal statutes regarding larceny into two categories: petit larceny and grand larceny. In Oklahoma, grand larceny is larceny committed in either of the following cases:
- When the property taken is of value exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00).
- When such property, although not of value exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), is taken from the person of another.
Larceny in all other cases is petit larceny.
Grand larceny is a felony punishable by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary not exceeding five (5) years if the value of the property is Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or more and if the value of the property is less than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) punishable by incarceration in the county jail for not more than one (1) year.
Petit larceny is punishable by a fine of not less than Ten Dollars ($10.00) or more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed six (6) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court. Moreover, Defendants convicted of either grand larceny or petit larceny in Oklahoma will usually be ordered to pay restitution as well.
Obtaining Controlled Dangerous Substance by Larceny
More and more often, we see individuals who try to obtain a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) through larceny. This most commonly occurs when someone steals drugs from a pharmacy. So long as the drugs are not obtained by use of force or fear, the charge will only be Larceny of CDS as opposed to Obtaining CDS by Robbery. Although Larceny of CDS is technically a property crime like any other form of larceny, it is classified as a drug crime due to the nature of the property. For more information on this crime and the potential punishment it carries, please read our drug charges page.
If you or a loved one has been charged with larceny in Oklahoma, time is of the essence. You need an experienced Oklahoma criminal defense larceny attorney, and you need one right now. Call the Law Offices of Adam R. Banner, P.C., and retain an accomplished attorney ready to fight for your rights. Call us today at (405) 778-4800 for a free consultation.