Larceny is the taking of property of another with the intent to permanently deprive them of that property. Property in this instance refers to any piece of personal property, which is any movable item of value. When property is “of another,” an individual or organization has legal claim to the item. The criminal penalty for larceny depends on the value of the property taken.

What Does It Mean to Deprive Someone of Their Property?

To deprive someone of their property means to withhold someone’s property from them either temporarily or permanently. It also means to dispose of the property in a way that the owner will not be able to recover it.

Does Georgia Have a Larceny Charge?

Like other states, Georgia does have a statute criminalizing larceny. However, instead of being called larceny, the crime of taking of another individual’s property is called “theft by taking.”

What Is the Crime of Theft by Taking in Georgia?

Theft by taking is the unlawful taking of an individual’s property. The person is accused of taking property of another with the intention of depriving them of their property. It can also be the lawful possession of another individual’s property with the intent to permanently keep the property away from its owner. It does not matter how the property was taken.

Can I Be Accused of Theft by Taking in Georgia If the Victim Is a Financial Institution?

Yes. Any type of financial institution such as a bank, credit union, or organization can be a victim of theft by taking.

What Kind of Crime Is Theft by Taking in Georgia?

The category of crime that theft by taking falls into depends on the value of the property. If the stolen property is valued at $1,500 or less, the theft by taking is a standard misdemeanor.

What Is the Penalty for a Misdemeanor in Georgia?

The penalty for a standard misdemeanor in Georgia is up to 12 months in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine.

Should I Talk to a Lawyer?

An accusation of theft can seriously derail your professional and personal lives, in addition to landing you in jail, if you do not properly defend yourself against the charge. Contact a Georgia lawyer immediately regarding your theft by taking charge in Georgia.