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Michigan Larceny Laws and Penalties

Larceny or theft means stealing property – such as money, goods, records, deeds, receipts, etc. – from someone else. According to Section 750.356 of the Michigan Penal Code, larceny is either a misdemeanor or a felony based on the value of the property, the location where the alleged theft occurred, and your criminal history.

The following is a breakdown of the larceny offenses based on the value of the property:

  • Property worth less than $200 – Commonly known as “petty larceny” or “petty theft,” this type of larceny is a misdemeanor that carries a jail term of up to 93 days and a maximum fine of $500 (or three times the value of the stolen property, whichever is greater).
  • Property worth between $200 and less than $1,000 – This type of theft is also considered misdemeanor larceny that is punishable by a jail sentence of up to one year and a maximum fine of $2,000 (or three times the value of the stolen property, whichever is greater).
  • Property worth between $1,000 and less than $20,000 (or theft of a vehicle, trailer, or specific auto part) – This type of theft is a felony that carries imprisonment for up to five years and a maximum fine of $5,000 (or three times the value of the stolen property, whichever is greater).
  • Property worth more than $20,000 – This type of theft is a felony that is punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years and a maximum fine of $10,000 (or three times the value of the stolen property, whichever is greater).

If you are accused of larceny involving a dwelling (home), office, shop, gas station, factory, school, or otherwise any public building, you could be charged with a felony. If you are accused of larceny by stealing directly from someone else, then you could be charged with a felony that carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.

According to Section 750.356(c)(d), if you are accused of stealing from a retail store you may be charged with retail fraud. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony will depend on the value of the property that was allegedly stolen. Furthermore, committing retail theft can lead to also being held for civil damages.

If you are facing larceny charges in Oakland County, let Bloomfield Law Group defend you against serious criminal charges. Contact us today at (248) 243-6610 for a free initial consultation.