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Providing Defense against Unfair Theft Penalties

Theft crimes range from small-value shoplifting to embezzling millions of dollars. If you have been accused of stealing any amount of money or property, you need an experienced Boston theft crime attorney to walk you through your case. Do not attempt to represent yourself in court. It is very important to have a knowledgeable legal advocate at these complicated court trials. Jack Diamond Law Offices approaches all cases with high-level aggression. We fight in hopes of optimal results.

If you've been accused of theft, call our Boston theft crime lawyer any time for a free consultation at (617) 925-6772 or contact us online.

Auto Theft

Massachusetts law deals with auto theft separately. Stealing a motor vehicle or a trailer can result in up to 15 years in prison, 2.5 years in a correctional facility, or a fine of up to $15,000. Auto theft also includes purchasing or obtaining a vehicle known to be stolen, or purposefully and maliciously damaging a vehicle. It is also illegal to steal parts from a vehicle.

Massachusetts Theft Defined

In the state of Massachusetts, theft is also known as “larceny.” Under Massachusetts criminal statutes, larceny is simply defined as stealing another person’s property.

Larceny also includes:

  • Converting someone else’s property with the intent to embezzle or steal
  • Obtaining someone else’s property fraudulently
  • Hiding someone else’s personal property with the intent to steal it and convert it

The classification of larceny offenses depends on a number of factors including:

  • Type of property stolen
  • Dollar value of the property involved
  • Sometimes the characteristics of the theft victim (for example an elderly person)

While most theft convictions can be punished by imprisonment, under Massachusetts law if the theft is a simple larceny and you have no prior theft convictions, you will not be sentenced to imprisonment in state prison if you make full restitution to the victim.

Massachusetts Shoplifting Laws Burglar with Denied Symbol

Another common form of theft is shoplifting, also known as larceny. Massachusetts shoplifting laws allow a police officer to apprehend any person as long as he or she has probable cause to believe that the suspect was shoplifting.

Shoplifting penalties in Massachusetts include the following when the value of property stolen is less than $250:

  • First offense- Maximum fine of $250
  • Second offense- Fine between $100- $500
  • Third offense- Maximum fine of $500 and up to a 2 year imprisonment

If you believe that you were charged for a theft crime in error, contact Jack Diamond Law Offices for aggressive and experienced representation today!

What is the Penalty for Shoplifting in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, shoplifting is the theft of merchandise and the penalties are largely determined by the value of the items stolen.

Possible penalties for shoplifting of merchandise valued less than $100 (first offense) include:

  • Up to a $250 fine

Possible penalties for shoplifting of merchandise valued at $100 or more include:

  • Up to two and a half years’ imprisonment
  • Up to a $1,000 fine
  • Or both

Do Not Let Theft Charges Steal Your Freedom

Jack Diamond Law Offices is well-known around Boston. Our Boston theft crime lawyers do their best to pursue a positive outcome in each case. We only work on criminal defense and OUI cases, which allows us to focus our attention on the small, crucial details of each case.

Our firm has received many outstanding reviews because Jack Diamond Law Offices offers:

  • The skills of a former prosecutor
  • 20 years of legal experience
  • Five-star reputation
  • 24/7 availability
  • Modern understanding and working knowledge of Massachusetts law

Don't wait another minute to secure quality legal service. Your freedom may be on the line.


Facing charges for theft? Give our Boston theft crime attorney a call at (617) 925-6772 for a complimentary case evaluation.