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Written by attorney David C. Newton | May 3, 2013

Been Charged with Larceny over $250 in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts General Law Chapter 266 Section 30 states “Whoever steals, or with intent to defraud obtains by a false pretence, or whoever unlawfully, and with intent to steal or embezzle, converts, or secretes with intent to convert, the property of another … shall be guilty of larceny, and shall, if the … value of the property stolen exceeds two hundred and fifty dollars, be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years, or by a fine of not more than twenty-five thousand dollars and imprisonment in jail for not more than two years."

In order to be found guilty, beyond a reasonable doubt, of Larceny over $250 the state’s criminal prosecutor must prove four elements: 1) That you took and carried away property; 2) That the property was owned or possessed by someone else, 3) That you did so with intent to deprive that person of the property permanently; and 4) That the item taken was over $250.

It is important to note that since the possible penalty for the crime involves State Prison the crime of Larceny over $250 is a felony. If you have been charged with Larceny over $250 it is important to engage an experienced criminal attorney early. At The Newton Law Firm, Attorney Newton has the experience you need and deserve.

David Newton, Esq.

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