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Oklahoma Grand Larceny Attorney

When it comes to business deals, everyone is taught that you can never be too careful in regards to the other party, especially if that other party is not someone you know well. Unfortunately, many people are forced to learn this lesson the hard way in the form of being victimized by a crime.

Larceny is a crime that can encompass dozens of different factual situations, but the common ground that exists between all of them is that the punishments for a conviction of larceny in Oklahoma are all quite severe.

If you or someone you love is facing charges of larceny in Oklahoma, you have every right to build a strong defense. You should start this process by contacting Privett Law as soon as possible to schedule an initial consultation. In the meantime, below is a brief overview of larceny in Oklahoma as it’s been codified in the statutes.

Larceny in Oklahoma Defined

Larceny is the taking of personal property accomplished by fraud or stealth, and with intent to deprive another thereof.

As you see, larceny is basically a non-violent crime, and could be the charge made by prosecutors in several scenarios given the nonspecific language used in the definition.

Larceny in Degrees

Oklahoma continues its codification of larceny by separating the offense into degrees, and these degrees are known as grand larceny and petit larceny. Generally, grand larceny is the taking of personal property worth $500 or more, and petit larceny is the same conduct whereby the property taken is worth less than $500.

Other Forms of Larceny in Oklahoma

As is the case with fraud, the Oklahoma legislature has specifically defined several different forms of this crime that deal with different types of property that’s been wrongfully taken. Below are a few examples:

Larceny of fixtures – The statutes define this as follows: Any fixture or part of realty, the instant it is severed from the realty becomes personal property, and the subject of larceny within the meaning of this article.

Unlawful consumption of gas – It is specifically illegal in Oklahoma to break into a gas pipeline for the purpose of generating power to a structure and bypassing the meter.

Larceny of livestock – The legislature creates a specific crime for the wrongful taking of any livestock or animals associated with the running of a farm.

Larceny of dogs – The taking of dogs is lumped into the general statutory definition after dogs have been classified as personal property.

Motorized equipment – The statutes specifically cover the taking of automobiles, tractors, airplanes or any other vehicle.

Larceny of domesticated fish and game – The taking of these animals is much like the taking of a dog or any other personal property.

Larceny from building – Taking property from any structure, permanent or temporary, is regarded as a felony in Oklahoma.

Copper – Stealing copper from construction sites has become more problematic given its rise in value.

Retail larceny – This statute governs the taking of property from any retail establishment.

Trade secrets – Trade secrets are seen as personal property, and this property is highly protected in order to promote free trade and honest competition between businesses.

Punishments for Larceny in Oklahoma

As is the case with the forms of larceny, there are several different punishments for this crime, depending mostly on the value of property taken and the type of property taken. Below are a few examples of these punishments:

Grand larceny – If the property taken is worth more than $500, the defendant faces five years in prison. If less than $500, the defendant faces up to one year. If the value of taken property is more than $5,000, the defendant could be forced to make restitution.

Petit larceny – The defendant faces up to six months in jail and between $10 and $500 in fines.

Grand larceny in a dwelling – The convicted defendant faces up to eight years in prison.

Larceny in nighttime – The convicted defendant shall face a prison term that does not exceed 10 years.

Of course, there are other penalties for these types of crimes, but generally speaking, a convicted defendant will face prison time if the offense is considered a felony, and criminal restitution is possible in certain cases as well.

Experienced OKC Criminal Defense

Larceny is a serious crime, and one that can not only involve a prison term, but if convicted of a felony, your criminal record will be stained for years even after your eventual release. If you face this situation, you need to take action now. Contact Privett Law as soon as possible to schedule an initial consultation.