If you are found guilty (or plead guilty) to larceny, depending upon the circumstances of the offence, and your previous criminal history, the Court may impose a heavy fine and imprisonment.

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What is larceny and what are the penalties?

Larceny is an offence under Section 117 of the Crimes Act. It is defined as being the theft of personal property. The penalty imposed is dependent upon the value of the larceny.

Where the value of the property does not exceed $2,000, the maximum penalty that may be imposed is a fine of $2,200. Where the property exceeds $2,000 but does not exceed $5,000, the maximum penalty that may be imposed is twelve months imprisonment or a fine of $5,500. If the property exceeds $5,000, the maximum penalty that may be imposed is two years imprisonment.

Larceny is an act committed by a person who, without the consent of the owner, fraudulently and without claim or right, takes and carries away anything capable of being stolen with the intent at the time of taking such property to permanently deprive the owner thereof.

Therefore, to be convicted of the offence of larceny, you must:

  1. Take something away; and
  2. That thing belonged to another person; and
  3. You had the intention of permanently depriving the owner of that property; and
  4. You did so without the consent of the property’s true owner.

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