In Florida, larceny refers to the crime of taking property from another party. It can also occur when the owner of an item is denied the right to use it in a constructive manner. Furthermore, an individual may be guilty of such an offense if he or she carries or rides away with an object. Examples of larceny include riding off with a bike, stealing car parts or taking money from a coin-operated machine.
However, just because a crime involves the theft of money or property doesn’t mean that it will be counted as a larceny. For instance, embezzlement or otherwise obtaining money by false pretenses would not be seen as such. The same would be true if a person wrote a bad check or stole rental property. These crimes are generally defined as fraud by state law instead.
In 2017, there were 359,149 reported larceny crimes in the state of Florida. Overall, the number of such crimes has dropped since 2010. Thefts from a motor vehicle and shoplifting were the two most commonly reported types of larceny during that time period. In addition, there were 2,346 instances of pickpocketing reported in Florida during 2017 as well as another 563 reports of money being stolen from machines operated by inserting coins.
Individuals who are charged or convicted of theft may face significant legal and other consequences. For instance, they could spend time in jail or prison, be fined or have to abide by other conditions imposed by the court. An attorney may be able to help a defendant obtain a plea bargain or have the case thrown out completely.