Larceny in Connecticut Juvenile Court can have serious consequences.
Connecticut law defines larceny as occurring when a person wrongfully takes, obtains, or withholds someone else’s property with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property, or to appropriate it to a third person. (Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 53a-119).
Common examples include: shoplifting. stealing a motor vehicle and school related thefts.
Here are the six degrees of larceny in Connecticut:
- 1st degree – value of items over $10,00
- 2nd degree – value of items between $5,001 – $10,000
- 3rd degree – value of items between $1001-$5,000
- 4th degree – value of items $501 – $1,000
- 5th degree – value of items $250 – $500
- 6th degree – value of items $250 or less
Larceny in the 1st or 2nd degree is considered a “serious juvenile offense.” As you might imagine, these cases are typically handled differently than the other, lesser degrees of larceny. In addition, the victim often makes a claim of monetary restitution which must be handled carefully.
As with most Juvenile Court offenses, the child’s legal history is highly relevant. A first time offender may be eligible for certain programs or “deals” while a child with a longer record may not. An attorney familiar with the Juvenile Court process (not the adult Criminal Court system) is essential.
Stamford and Fairfield Juvenile Court Larceny Attorney
I represent clients in Connecticut Juvenile Court proceedings though out Fairfield County including those who reside in Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Trumbull, Stratford, Bridgeport, Westport, Weston, New Canaan, Wilton, Norwalk, Darien, Stamford and Greenwich.