Larceny-theft may not be the most serious crime, as it does not involve any physical violence, but it can still result in a severe punishment that changes your life forever.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, this crime is defined as the unlawful taking of property from the possession of another. Examples of larceny-theft include shoplifting, theft of a bicycle or stealing of any other property without the use of violence or fraud.
Many people underestimate the seriousness of larceny-theft for one key reason: This has become one of most common crimes committed in the United States.
In 2010 alone, there were more than 6 million larceny-thefts in the country. Although this was a slight decline from 2009, it is still a huge number. Taking this one step further, here's another interesting note: Larceny-thefts accounted for more than 68 percent of property crimes in 2010.
Although the average value of property stolen during this crime is less than $1,000 per offense, it doesn't make it any less serious. This is particularly true when you consider the fact that this crime results in victim loss of billions of dollars per year.
Even if it doesn't appear to be a serious crime, larceny-theft is just that. If you are charged with this crime, it's imperative to learn more about your legal rights and what to expect from the court system.
The punishment may not be as severe as a crime in which you acted in a violent manner, but it can still impact your personal and professional life forever.
Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Larceny-theft," accessed Sep. 13, 2016