Larceny & Theft

Degrees of Larceny

There are six larceny offenses under Connecticut law, differentiated by “degrees”. The most serious offense is first degree larceny, and the least serious is sixth degree larceny.

First Degree Larceny

If you are charged with first degree larceny, you are accused of stealing over $10,000. This is a Class B felony, punishable by:

  • a Prison sentence of 1-20 years.
  • a Fine of up to $15,000.

Second Degree Larceny

If you are charged with second degree larceny, it means that you are accused of stealing between $5,000-10,000. This is a Class C felony, and it is punishable by:

  • a Prison sentence of 1-10 years.
  • a fine of up to $10,000.

Third Degree Larceny

If you are charged with third degree larceny, it means that you are accused of stealing between $1,000-5,000. This is considered a Class D felony, and is punishable by:

  • a 1-5 year prison sentence.
  • A fine of up to $5,000.

Fourth Degree Larceny

If you are charged with fourth degree larceny, it means that you are accused of stealing between $500-1,000 worth of merchandise. This is a Class A misdemeanor, and it is punishable by:

  • up to one year in jail.
  • a fine of up to $2,000.

Fifth Degree Larceny

If you are charged with fifth degree larceny, it means that you are accused of stealing between $250-500. This is a Class B misdemeanor, and is punishable by:

  • up to six months in jail.
  • a fine of up to $1,000.

Sixth Degree Larceny

If you are charged with sixth degree larceny, it means that you are accused of stealing less than $250 worth of property. This is a Class C misdemeanor, and is punishable by:

  • up to three months in jail.
  • a fine of up to $500.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I borrowed someone’s property but I forgot to return it, is this considered larceny?
One major factor in a larceny charge is intent. If you genuinely forgot to return property that a friend knows you borrowed, you probably won’t be charged with larceny. However, if you took something under the pretense of borrowing it, but you really had no intention of returning it, you can be charged with larceny. Likewise, if the owner of the property asks for it back and you refuse to give it to him or her, you can be charged with larceny.

If I take something as a prank or joke, will I be charged with larceny?
Larceny occurs when one person deliberately takes someone else’s property with the intention of keeping it forever. If you took someone’s property as a joke, your lawyer might be able to argue that you didn’t intend to deprive the true owner of his or her property. However, a judge or a jury might find it difficult to believe that you didn’t realize that taking something would mean that the owner would no longer have that property. In this situation, a larceny charge and conviction will depend on your personal case. To be safe, you should never take valuable property from someone else.

What should I do after I’m charged with Larceny?
The first step that you should take after being charged with larceny is to contact a lawyer who has handled larceny cases before. Do not volunteer information to the police or answer questions until you have a lawyer present. To contact us to discuss your case.

Can a minor be charged with larceny?


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Yes, larceny can be a juvenile crime. In most cases, juveniles face less serious penalties than adults charged with larceny do. If your child has been charged with larceny, you should contact a juvenile defense lawyer.