Larceny by Stealing in a Building, MA Criminal Defense Lawyers

About Larceny by Stealing in a Building

Experienced Southeastern Massachusetts Theft Crimes Criminal Defense Attorneys

In the state of Massachusetts, the crime of  “larceny by stealing in a building” differs fundamentally from armed or unarmed burglary:

  • Charges of armed or unarmed burglary apply mostly to private homes and apartments, as well as office buildings, boats, cars, etc.
  • A charge of larceny by stealing in a building can be leveled only when you’ve been accused of stealing property from a non-residential building or vessel, including ships, motor vehicles and even railroad cars.

A retail store may not technically count as a building; larceny from an open store will usually be charged as a different crime, shoplifting.

Another important distinction about larceny by stealing in a building is that it applies only to property that has been placed in the building for safe keeping, and not to theft from a person inside that building (which would ordinarily be charged as larceny by stealing from a person).

Simple larceny is distinguished by amounts or property values stolen that are under $250 (a misdemeanor) and over $250 (a felony) — but larceny by stealing from a building counts as a felony no matter the value of the goods taken is, and is punishable by up to five years in state prison.

To Fight Larceny / Felony Theft Charges Call for a Free Consultation

If you have been charged with larceny by stealing in a building, the criminal defense attorneys at The Noonan Defense Firm may be able to plead down your case to something less serious, or possibly (depending on the evidence) succeed in having the charges dismissed entirely.

A felony conviction is a serious thing to have on your personal record; it can interfere with your ability to find a job or obtain a loan, which is why it’s crucial to be represented by an attorney who’s well-versed in Massachusetts law.

No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away. We represent the accused throughout Southeast Massachusetts including the Bristol County, Plymouth County and Norfolk County.

Call us to schedule a free no-obligation case review and consultation at (508) 584-6955 and you will have taken your first step to find out how best to confront this important matter. You can also click here to use our Free Case Evaluation Form.


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