Is larceny a felony or misdemeanor in South Carolina?

Why Are Larceny Charges So Serious? 


 By: John Landreth, Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers Rock Hill SC

Powers Landreth PLLC

Rock Hill SC Law Firm

Larceny or simply unlawfully taking something of someone else is a serious charge regardless of how much the item was worth, or how much money you’ve been accused of taking.

Whether that be a low level misdemeanor charge, all the way up to very serious felony charges, the charge itself and simply being charged can carry a heavy burden with it in that any time you go for a job, or if you are currently working and they find out that you’ve been charged, they may actually have to let you go.

You may lose your job simply for being charged.


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So us, as lawyers, when we see the crime of larceny on a person, we begin to get nervous because not only are their consequences in court, but we understand the secondary consequences that may come through the loss of a job or you being able to get a job in the future simply for being charged.

We want to help you.

What is Larceny in South Carolina?  Is larceny a felony or misdemeanor in SC? 

Allegations of larceny are the types of criminal charges that can be both a felony or misdemeanor in South Carolina.  That’s because the South Carolina criminal laws take into consideration what took place and the value of the “personal property” subject of the theft.

As you might imagine, felony charges in South Carolina are more serious.

The South Carolina Code of Laws sets forth what is illegal in Title 16 – “Crimes and Offenses” in South Carolina.  It falls under Chapter 13 of the Code and is entitled, “Forgery, Larceny, Embezzlement, False Pretenses and Cheats.”

Experienced criminal defense lawyers in South Carolina often refer to criminal charges like larceny and shoplifting as “crimes of theft” or “crimes of dishonestly” or “moral turpitude.”
In some ways, larceny charges in South Carolina, both felony or misdemeanor, are crimes of reputation.  People convicted of crimes involving theft or deceit often have a hard time finding good jobs.  That’s because they have been labeled by the system as someone not to be trusted, a thief, and ‘cheat.'”  John Landreth
 The criminal laws in South Carolina break larceny down into two general classes:  Petit Larceny and Grand Larceny.  Petit may also be referred to “petty” or a petty offense in South Carolina.  It involves a “larceny” or the unlawful taking the property of another valued $2,000 or less.
Petit larceny charges in South Carolina are misdemeanor criminal charges.
Grand Larceny in SC is the theft of personal property belonging to another that is valued more than $2,000.  The South Carolina Code of Laws sets forth that Grand Larceny is a felony criminal offense.
Punishments under the South Carolina criminal laws.  Petit larceny misdemeanor charges.  Grand larceny felony criminal charges. 
Is larceny a felony or misdemeanor in South Carolina? Criminal Defense Lawyers Rock Hill SC

If you are convicted of the crime of petit larceny in South Carolina, a fine “must” not exceed $1,000.  The maximum jail sentence for misdemeanor larceny charges is 30 days of “imprisonment.”

As stated, felony criminal charges in South Carolina are substantially more serious.  A conviction of grand larceny gives the Judge in criminal court a tremendous amount of discretion in sentencing.  

Grand larceny in South Carolina is considered a felony conviction.  The fine is “in the discretion of the court” OR a period of imprisonment of “not more than”

  • 5 years if the value of property is more than $2,000 but less than $10,000
  • 10 years (of imprisonment) if the item(s) stolen is $10,000 or more


Title 16 Forgery, Larceny, Embezzlement, False Pretenses and Cheats

South Carolina Criminal Laws – Larceny and Embezzlement


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How can criminal defense lawyers Rock Hill SC help?  

We want to do everything that we can do reduce these charges, or get these charges dismissed and off of your record so that you don’t have to handle the secondary consequences that may come.

If you or a friend or anyone that you know has been charged and you have questions, you would like to talk, please feel free to call.

Free Consultation 803-325-5806 or 704-342-HELP

Call NOW John Landreth, Criminal Defense Lawyer Rock Hill SC, if you have questions about Legal Representation for Criminal Charges in either South Carolina or North Carolina


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