Northern Virginia Fairfax Criminal Lawyer and Defense Firm:
Virginia Theft Crimes Page

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Theft crimes like a Virginia larceny charge and others are not only serious because of the possible penalties, but also due to the harmful effect upon a convicted person’s long-term future.

Employers do not look at a theft conviction the same as a reckless driving conviction (generally speaking). This is why we strongly encourage any person who faces a theft charge hire a lawyer or seek to get one appointed.

By fighting the charge and not pleading guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence, there is a possibility that the case will result in a not guilty verdict, and if so, may be eligible for expungement. Expunging a record removes it from public view, meaning employers would not be able to see a previous charge if it did not result in a finding of guilt. Be careful when deciding upon an option that leads in dismissal. Just because a case is dismissed after a period of compliance with the court’s terms, it does not mean expungement will be a possibility. Talk to a lawyer regardless of the charge(s) you or your loved one may face.

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Our Virginia defense firm can help defend you against a charge or multiple charges related to larceny, embezzlement, shoplifting, credit card fraud, robbery, receiving stolen goods, identity theft, writing a bad check, and many others. These are only several of the many theft  cases we can handle if your case arises in Northern Virginia, including Fairfax County, Stafford County, Prince William County, and other Northern Virginia counties, cities and towns.

On this page, you can find basic information on several of the more common theft crimes in Virginia. For more detailed information about a particular charge, visit the page by clicking or tapping the offense. We are working to add our informational pages, so if your charged offense or related investigation is not hyperlinked at this time, simply give us a call.

Larceny (Grand Larceny & Petit Larceny)



Receiving Stolen Goods

Identity Theft


There are legal concepts unique to these crimes, and our local Fairfax criminal defense lawyer is happy to talk to you either in-person or over the phone at no cost. If your specific offense is not listed above, it does not mean we do not represent people charged with offenses of that sort. While theft crimes differ in many respects…

Virginia theft cases do generally share a few common threads

The prosecution typically must prove:

  • That the defendant did not have the true owner’s consent to take some unauthorized action with regard to the property in question,
  • That the defendant was really the person who committed the alleged illegal act, and
  • That the value of the personal property was equal to, or greater than a specified amount (for purposes of establishing either a felony or a misdemeanor.

Contact our Fairfax criminal lawyer and Virginia defense firm today, or send us a message for a free case evaluation. We are here to serve, and take pride in helping people from all walks of life. We represent those confronted with criminal investigations, accusations, and/or criminal charges in Northern Virginia. If you are accused of committing a Virginia theft crime arising out of Northern Virginia, call our Fairfax criminal lawyer today at 703.665.3719.

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Brenton D. Vincenzes is a lifelong Fairfax County resident and Fairfax Criminal Defense Lawyer. He is a member of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College of DUI Defense, NORML, and has been awarded the following in 2014-15: Top 100 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40 Defense Attorney (National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys) 10 Best in Client Satisfaction for Criminal Defense (American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys) Nationally Ranked Top 1% Attorney Award Recipient (National Association of Distinguished Counsel) As a local leader, Mr. Vincenzes mentors troubled youths, volunteers his time to serve at his church, takes select pro bono clients, and strives to improve the community. Mr. Vincenzes represents men, women, and juveniles through zealous and diligent advocacy, strategic planning, and skilled trial work preparation. Mr. Vincenzes' areas of criminal law practice are broad, and include most felonies and misdemeanors such as: reckless driving, DUI & DWI, drug offenses, assault and battery, domestic violence, assault on an officer, destruction of property, alcohol offenses, firearm offenses, larceny, shoplifting, embezzlement, fraud, and other theft offenses, and moving traffic violations among others. His private legal services are available in most Northern Virginia jurisdictions, including Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, Stafford County, Alexandria, Manassas, Leesburg, South Riding, and other cities and towns.


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