A man was recently arrested in Springfield, accused of breaking into a wireless store and stealing iPhones. He may have been able to get away with it, if not for one important detail: he left his own phone behind at the scene. Police were able to track this man down using his phone information. Surveillance footage also fit the description of the man arrested. He will now need a Fairfax County defense attorney to help get his pending charges reduced or dismissed.
Grand Larceny Explained by Fairfax County Defense Attorney
While no charges have formally been filed against this suspect yet, he potentially could face serious charges. Due to the nature of the merchandise stolen, this suspect could face charges of grand larceny. Grand larceny occurs when someone steals something not from another's person valued at $1,000 or more, steals a firearm of any value, or takes an item worth at least $5.00 directly from another person. Because a single iPhone is worth more than that, it seems likely that the state could pursue grand larceny charges. This is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, or in the discretion of a judge or jury hearing the case by up to twelve months in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.00.
However, this man could face potentially even more serious charges. Because multiple iPhones were stolen, he could face grand larceny with the intent to resell the items. Under Virginia law, when more than one of the same item is stolen, this can be seen as intent to resell. If the state chooses to pursue these charges, the suspect will face a mandatory two year minimum if convicted. The defendant may also receive up to a maximum of twenty years in prison under Virginia Code 18.2-108.01. Because of the seriousness of these potential charges, it is important that those charged immediately consult with a competent Fairfax County defense attorney right away.
Once retained, a Fairfax County defense attorney will begin vigorously building a defense case, investigating the facts and preparing discovery for use at the Preliminary Hearing stage in General District Court. The attorney will speak to store loss prevention officials and third party witnesses, obtain video evidence from the alleged crime scene, and subpoena individuals to appear in court who can help defend the case. An experienced criminal defense lawyer will work hard to build an argument for reasonable doubt. The attorney may help get charges reduced to a misdemeanor or even deferred for possible dismissal, preventing a client from having a serious felony conviction on their records. This will enable the client to avoid service of jail time and other stiff penalties. Because a Grand Larceny or Grand Larceny with Intent to Re-Sell charge can have such a severe impact on jobs, immigration status, relationships, and security clearances, it is advisable to contact a Fairfax County defense attorney as soon as possible to preserve your freedom. Call the Law Office of Wilfred W. Yeargan today for a free initial consultation of your case.