Larceny involves taking someone else’s property with the intent to permanently deprive them of the property. According to the FBI, larceny, and theft charges are on the decline in the United States.
The total bail amount for larceny depends on the property stolen, its value, the criminal background of the offender, the degree of the crime, and the additional circumstances.
There are various types of theft crimes:
- Traditional theft crimes – commonly known as “theft”. These crimes are punishable according to the general theft statute where the defendant is accused of stealing property without consent.
- Robbery – a more serious form that might include force. The defendant might face more serious charges, including prison.
- Shoplifting – also known as petty theft, it’s stealing goods from a retail establishment.
- Burglary – when the defendant has entered the victim’s house unlawfully with the intent to deprive them of material things, money, or property.
- Embezzlement – a type of larceny that’s classified as a property crime and involves taking money illegally.
The total bail amount for larceny is different for each type of crime.
- Grand theft bail is defined in the Penal Code 487 and can include fines, prison time from 12 to 36 months, court costs, and restitution. Grand theft or larceny is only considered if the value of the stolen property is more than $950.
- The total bail amount for felony theft can range between $20,000 and $100,000.
- Burglary is defined in the Penal Code 459 and can be charged as a 1st-degree felony.
In most states, the punishment for larceny depends on the nature of the stolen property. For instance, if the offender steals property worth $1,000 they will be subject to tougher punishment compared to an offender stealing property worth $20.
Furthermore, the penalties will differ in each state according to their category. Some states categorize larceny as a misdemeanor and some states classify it as a felony. You’ll need to check the penal codes for each to determine the penalty and the total bail amount.
- Theft valued from $1,000 up to $10,000 is considered a class D felony and the penalties can include fines up to $5,000 and imprisonment between 2 to 12 years.
- Class C felony is punishable with fines up to $10,000 and imprisonment of 3 to 15 years.
- Class B felony is the most extreme theft crime and is classified as grand theft. It’s punishable with fines up to $25,000 and 8 to 30 years in jail.
If you or someone you know has been charged with theft charges, or grand larceny, make sure to consult an attorney and contact a bail bond agent to help you stay out of jail while awaiting trial.
The bail bond agent will post a bond on your behalf for a fee that is equal to 10% of the total bail amount.