Larceny: A Criminal Defense Attorney You Can Trust


Larceny is the legal term for theft. There are many different forms of larceny, but its basic definition is the taking of someone else’s property from a location other than their home and without the use of force. Larceny is distinguished from robbery, which includes the use or threat of force, and burglary, which involves unlawfully entering a home or other property in order to take something.

Degrees of Larceny

Oklahoma law divides larceny into two degrees: grand and petit.

  • Grand larceny occurs when the property involved exceeds $1,000 in value or when the property is taken from the person of another, regardless of the value
  • Petit larceny involves the theft of property valued at less than $500


The penalties associated with larceny depend on the circumstances of the case and whether the charge is grand or petit larceny.

  • Grand larceny is a felony and carries a potential prison sentence of five years, a fine of up to $5,000 and an order to pay restitution if the value exceeded $1,000; if the value did not exceed $1,000, the prison sentence may not exceed one year and the fine may be up to $1,000
  • Petit larceny is a misdemeanor punishable by a jail sentence of up to six months and a fine of up to $500

Types of Larceny

Oklahoma laws cover a wide range of larceny crimes, including:

  • Larceny of a passage ticket such as airline or train ticket
  • Larceny of dogs, fish, domestic fowl or game
  • Larceny of trade secrets
  • Larceny of cable or telecommunications services
  • Larceny of gas (pump pirate)

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