Richmond Theft Defense Lawyer

Grand Larceny & Petit Larceny Defense Attorney in Virginia

Theft encompasses a large number of crimes in Virginia, all of which can be summed up as taking someone else's property without their consent. Theft includes embezzlement; the taking of someone's car, boat, or any other vehicle; shoplifting; robbery; receiving stolen goods; or more. If you're facing charges of theft, you could be facing several months in jail and thousands of dollars in fines—and that's if you commit a misdemeanor.

If you're facing serious theft charges, speak with the Richmond theft defense attorney at the Law Office of Paul C. Galanides, P.C. Attorney Paul C. Galanides has spent 23 years serving as a public defender, a prosecutor, and as Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia. When it comes to experience and results, Mr. Galanides is unmatched. His work has helped his clients walk free from all types of serious crimes and at all levels of the Virginia court system.

Learn your legal options and get answers to your questions in a free initial consultation. Call (804) 977-0110 or use the short online form to schedule your appointment.

Theft Violations in Virginia

Theft falls into two broad categories in Virginia: petit larceny and grand larceny. Petit larceny includes any theft whose losses are below $500. These are tried as Class 1 misdemeanors, with potential punishment up to 12 months in jail and up to $2,500 in fines.

Grand larceny includes any crime where:

  • The losses exceed $500
  • More than $5 taken directly from another person’s possession
  • The stolen item was a firearm

Grand larceny is charged as a felony with penalties of 1-20 years in prison — which is why choosing the right lawyer is so vital.

Speak with Law Office of Paul C. Galanides, P.C. during a free initial consultation as soon as possible. Call (804) 977-0110.


“I'm inspired to fight for the rights our constitution guarantees us, and to attempt to truly make a difference.”

- Paul C. Galanides
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