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Petit & Grand Larceny in South Carolina

Petit & Grand Larceny in South Carolina

In South Carolina, theft is known as “larceny,” which means intentionally stealing money and another property of value that belongs to another person in order to deprive him/her of the property. There are two types of larceny offenses in the state: petit (petty) larceny and grand larceny. 

If a person commits theft involving property worth up to $2,000, then it is considered petit larceny. This type of theft is the least serious of the two offenses and considered a misdemeanor, punishable by a jail term of up to 30 days and a maximum fine of $1,000. 

On the other hand, grand larceny is a felony offense. If grand theft involves stealing property worth more than $2,000 but less than $10,000, the offense is a Class F felony, which carries a maximum prison term of five years and a fine determined by the court. If grand theft involves stealing property worth more than $10,000, the offense is a Class E felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to ten (10) years and a fine determined by the court. 

Furthermore, if a person commits shoplifting in South Carolina, he/she could be held liable in civil court by the store owner or owner of the item stolen. If the shoplifting offense was committed by a minor, then the store or item owner can sue the parents or guardians of the child. 

If a person has previously been convicted of a prior misdemeanor or felony offense, a new theft charge will result in harsher penalties when it comes to sentencing. 

If you or a loved one has been charged with larceny or any other theft crime in Lexington, contact the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC at (803) 359-3301 for a free initial consultation. Serving clients throughout South Carolina since 2004. 


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