What is Larceny and What Charges Can be Brought in Oklahoma?

Stealing is a crime, as everyone certainly understands, but when it comes to the legal details regarding stealing, it can occur and therefore be charged as a crime in several different ways. One of the most common legal terms used to describe a certain form of stealing is larceny, and anyone who faces this type of criminal investigation or charge needs to act immediately to secure the help of experienced Oklahoma larceny attorneys. Below is a look at the definition of larceny in Oklahoma and the different charges that can be filed against someone who has been accused of this conduct.


Oklahoma law defines larceny as the taking of personal property accomplished by fraud or stealth, and with intent to deprive another thereof. This definition generally deals with nonviolent acts, and the language in the statute is somewhat flexible so that prosecutors can exercise discretion in filing charges against someone for this crime in several different scenarios. One of the most common types of larceny is when someone acts towards someone else a a ‘con man’ and fraudulently takes something of value from another. In addition, larceny when accomplished by stealth involves capturing the property of another without that person’s knowledge.


Larceny is basically separated into categories of seriousness based on the value in dollar amounts of the property that is illegally taken by one person from another. Generally, the line of separation occurs at a value of $500. If someone takes the property of another and the value of that property is less than $500, it will be charges as petit larceny. If the value of something that’s taken is more than $500, the charge will usually be grand larceny. The most important distinction in regards to this threshold is that grand larceny is a felony that can lead to a prison term of up to five years while petit larceny is generally a misdemeanor that can lead to a jail term of up to six months.

The bottom line is that larceny in Oklahoma is a serious charge to face. If you or someone you love is being investigated for this crime or has already been charged, you need to contact the Oklahoma City criminal defense lawyers at Atkins & Markoff as soon as possible to schedule an initial consultation.