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False Pretense Larceny Criminal Defense Attorney in Arlington VA

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False Pretense Larceny


Arlington, VA False Pretense Larceny Defense Attorney


Often referred to as larceny by false pretenses, this criminal offense involves taking property that belongs to someone else by intentionally deceiving the owner of the property. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony depending on the value of the property taken from the owner. Whether you were wrongly accused, are under investigation, or have been charged with false pretense larceny it is essential to consult with an Arlington criminal defense lawyer right away in an effort to protect your freedom and legal rights. Elizabeth Tuomey of the Tuomey Law Firm provides vigorous legal representation for clients facing criminal charges, or who are being investigated for potential wrong-doing.


Penalties for False Pretense Larceny in Virginia


The penalties someone may face if found guilty of this theft crime depend on the value of the property involved and other factors. If convicted on a misdemeanor charge involving less than $200, the typical punishment is a fine of up to $2,500 along with a maximum of one year in jail under Virginia Criminal Code ยง18.2-178.


When convicted of felony larceny by false pretenses the punishment is much more severe. Those who allegedly obtain property using false pretenses valued at $200 or more will face felony charges, which could result in punishment that includes a maximum fine of $2,500 and/or up to 12 months in jail, or one to 20 years in prison.


In order for a person to be convicted of false pretense larceny the prosecutor (government) must prove specific elements of the crime. In this case, it must be proven that:


  1. You made a false representation regarding an existing fact or past event;
  2. You had the intent to defraud at the time of the incident;
  3. You caused the victim to part with possession and/or title to the property in your effort to ntentionally defraud the other person through false representation;
  4. The alleged victim did in fact part with his or her property because of your false representation;
  5. The property you intentionally caused the victim to part with did have at least some value.


It is not a simple matter for the government to prove a criminal case against a defendant, however having a competent and skilled defense attorney on your side when charged with any crime is a huge advantage and necessary in order to develop the most effective legal strategy to fight the accusations successfully.


Contact the Tuomey Law Firm Now


No one wants to spend time in jail or prison, regardless of the allegations against you. Additionally, those found guilty of a criminal offense face not only loss of freedom but possible ruin of their careers and reputation in addition to having a permanent criminal record. At the Tuomey Law Firm Arlington theft attorney Elizabeth Tuomey works personally with clients, giving you the personal attention and dedicated approach you deserve in order to reach the best possible result. Every defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt; be sure you have the best defense lawyer in your corner. Contact Elizabeth Tuomey today! Phone : 703-535-5577