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What Are the Larceny Laws in South Carolina?

Man stealing a wallet out of woman’s purse

Theft crimes in the state of South Carolina fall under the general heading of “larceny.” This covers the theft of all things, from goods to personal property and any other items of value. Larceny occurs when you take the property of someone else with the intention of depriving that person permanently of whatever has been stolen.

If you or someone you know has been arrested and charged with any type of larceny in or around the greater Greenville area, you should avail yourself of experienced legal representation as soon as possible. You can rely on Christopher L. Jones, Attorney at Law for highly knowledgeable and competent legal help at this critical time. As a former prosecutor, Chris L. Jones knows his way around a courtroom, understands how the state will work against you, and can create legal strategies designed to counteract those tactics in seeking the best possible outcome for your case.

What Are the Consequences of Theft Crimes in South Carolina?

Under South Carolina law, theft crimes are charged according to the value of the goods or services stolen. As a result, you may be facing a misdemeanor or felony charge based on the facts of your case.

Two main categories of larceny exist under the law:

  • Petit larceny
  • Grand larceny

What is Considered Petit Larceny in SC?

  • Petit larceny, charged as a misdemeanor for the theft of goods or services valued at $2,000 or less punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000

Is Grand Larceny a Felony in SC?

  • Grand larceny, charged as a felony for the theft of property or services valued at more than $2,000 up to $9,999 punishable by up to five years in prison and fines ordered at the court’s discretion
  • Grand larceny, charged as a felony for the theft of property or services valued at $10,000 or more punishable by up to 10 years in prison and fines decided by the court

Shoplifting & Civil Lawsuits

The above crimes, petit and grand larceny, cover shoplifting as well which carries the additional penalties of a civil lawsuit brought by the shop owner for specific damages as outlined by law. Also, if you used a vehicle in the commission of the crime, the state can confiscate it through a civil process as well. If you have prior criminal convictions, you may be facing harsher penalties.

What Are the Penalties for a Shoplifting Conviction in South Carolina?

The penalties for a shoplifting conviction in South Carolina can vary depending on the value of the item(s) stolen. For items worth at most $2,000 and is your first shoplifting conviction, you could be facing 0-30 days in prison and/or fines of over $2,000. If the item was worth between $2k - $10k, and is also your first shoplifting conviction, you could be facing 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000. If the item is worth more than $10k, you will be charged with a felony, and face up to 10 years in prison. You could even face even harsher penalties if you plan to sell the item or if you sold the item. The other penalties that you could be facing include a civil lawsuit in which you will pay the cost of the item plus interest and could also lead to garnished wages. In some cases, you could also face the following consequences deportation, inability to gain a loan for college, inability to enlist in the military, and face tough times with getting a rental for an apartment or condo.

Legal Counsel for Theft Charges in Greenville County

A theft crime conviction can negatively affect your chances in obtaining employment, renting an apartment, or obtaining a professional license. At Christopher L. Jones, Attorney at Law, we offer diligent and dedicated representation in search of keeping you out of jail and minimizing other consequences.

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