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Larceny and Property Crimes

Massachusetts law sets forth many criminal offenses involving larceny and other types of property crimes. If you’ve been charged with larceny, breaking and entering, or a similar offense, it is important to speak to a qualified Massachusetts attorney. Attorney Sam Zaganjori is an experienced Woburn larceny attorney that has represented many clients charged with larceny and other property crimes. He will aggressively challenge the prosecution’s case. He handles larceny, breaking and entering, burglary, robbery, home invasion and shoplifting cases in District Court, Superior Court and federal court.

Larceny and Robbery

Larceny is the unlawful taking of someone’s property with the intent to permanently deprive that person of the property. In Massachusetts, there are many different types of larceny, including the following:

  • Larceny by stealing
  • Larceny by false pretenses
  • Larceny by scheme
  • Larceny by check
  • Larceny from the person
  • Larceny from a building

Larceny can be a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the facts of the case. If money is stolen and the value is over $250, it is a felony. Similarly, if property is stolen from a building or from someone’s person, it is a felony. Whether it is charged as a felony or a misdemeanor, a larceny charge carries a potential jail sentence as well as probation and a court order of financial restitution to the victim of the crime.

Robbery is a larceny coupled with the use or threatened use of force. If a weapon is used, a person can be charged with armed robbery. Unarmed robbery and armed robbery are both serious felonies that can only be prosecuted in the Superior Court. Both types of robbery carry a maximum sentence of life in state prison.

Breaking and Entering

It is a crime in Massachusetts to break and enter into a home, building, vehicle or ship belonging to someone else with the intent to commit a crime. “Breaking” does not require damage to the property. Breaking includes any use of physical force to remove an obstruction in order to gain entry. Breaking can include opening a closed door or going in through an open window that is not intended for use an entrance. “Entering” can involve an entry as slight as reaching through a window.

Like larceny, breaking and entering (“B&E”) comes in many forms depending on the facts of the case. One important factor is the time of the offense. Massachusetts law distinguishes between breaking and entering that occurs in the daytime as opposed to one occurring in the nighttime. Another significant factor is the intent of the person who is accused of committing the breaking and entering. Massachusetts law again draws a distinction between a B&E that is done with the intent to commit a misdemeanor or one that is done with the intent to commit a felony.

In addition to breaking and entering, Massachusetts law includes more severe offenses including burglary and home invasion. These are very serious felonies that carry potential for significant prison time.

An Aggressive Defense to Larceny and Breaking and Entering.

Attorney Zaganjori has represented many clients charged with all types of property crimes. He has defended clients charged with major, complex white-collar fraud and clients charges with misdemeanor shoplifting. He recognizes that every case is important to the accused and that a conviction for any theft or property crime can have far-reaching consequences.

Contact a Woburn Lawyer for your Larceny or Breaking and Entering Case

Attorney Sam Zaganjori is a Woburn property crimes attorney that represents individuals charged in District Court, Superior Court and federal court. He represents clients in courts throughout eastern Massachusetts. He offers a free consultation. He will meet with you as soon as possible to discuss your case. He will explain the process and the best course of action. He will aggressively defend you. If you have been charged with a theft crime or a property crime, call Attorney Zaganjori today at 781-496-2848.