I am a 20 year old student. i stole a ring from someone and i pawned the gold part of the ring and only received 150.00 for it.
I came clean to the woman and gave her the diamonds that was in the ring. I was told that the ring was valued 18,000 and i have never been in any trouble. I have a clean record. i wanted to know what I can be charged with. Also, I have sold things before at the same pawn shop as well. what is the highest charge that i can get and can the person that i stole the ring from be lying about the value amount of the ring?
You have committed a class D felony theft which carries 6 months to 3 years in prison and/or a fine. If you separate the diamond stone(s) and only sold the gold metal it is unlikely the ring was worth $18,000.00 unless it was about 10 ounces of gold - that would be a very large ring, not something you place on your finger. The stone may be worth much of the $18,000.00 but that just addresses your restitution obligation, not the crime itself.
Considering that the ring contained diamonds and was likely worth more than $200, you would likely be facing a grand larceny charge (18.2-95) which carries up to 20 years in jail. I would not base the value of the ring off what the pawn shop gave you since they could have guessed that it was "hot" or that you were desparate for money. The woman could of course be lying - the court is going to have to determine the ring's value based on the evidence. Any value above $200 is an issue more so about restitution (which you would have to pay off as a condition of your sentence) than the charge itself. You should contact a criminal defense attorney if you haven't done so already.
First and foremost, do not, under any cirmcustances, continue to post admissions to criminal conduct on the internet. It is a public forum and once it is "out there" you have no reasonable expectation of privacy and it can certainly be used against you by prosecutors. To address your question, the value you received really doesn't make a difference. To differentiate between petit larceny and grand larceny, the prosecution goes to the market value of the ring. In VA, the punnishment is up to 20 years for a felony grand larceny. You could also be facing down a charge of larceny with the intent to sell as well. This is a separate and distinct felony from grand larceny and is used, in some jurisdictions, as a "tack-on" charge for leverage. You absolutely need to talk to an attorney. Let me know if I can help you.
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