Mississippi Criminal Defense Lawyer Discusses Petit Larceny

Petit Larceny (pronounced “petty” larceny) is a misdemeanor crime in Mississippi.

The crime of petit larceny is identical to grand larceny, with one important exception: the value of the stolen property.  In order to convict the accused of petit larceny in Mississippi, the State must prove:

(1) that the accused took, stole and carried away;

(2) the personal property of another person; and

(3) that the property had a value of less than $500.00.

See Mississippi Code Section 97-17-43.

The same general rules that apply to grand larceny also apply to petit larceny.  Most notably, the State has to prove that the accused took the property with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the use of the property.  Also, if the accused intended to use the property temporarily, and then return it to the owner, he cannot be found guilty of petit larceny.

While petit larceny is a misdemeanor in Mississippi, there are still substantial penalties: Up to six (6) months in jail and a $1,000.00 fine.  If the victim is a church or other place of worship, the penalty is doubled to one (1) year in jail and a $2,000.00 fine.

If you’ve been charged with petit larceny in Mississippi, please contact me at 601.944.1984 to discuss your case.


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