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Know your defense options for larceny charges

Facing larceny charges means that you have to think carefully about what defense you are going to present. The answer to this isn't always easy to determine; however, you can likely come up with a possible strategy by reviewing the points that the prosecution is bringing up in your case.

One possible defense that you might be able to use is that you were actually in possession of your own item. There are some cases in which people think that someone else took their belongings but in reality the items belonged to the other person. If you are facing larceny charges for being in possession of your own items that someone else is claiming, you will need to determine how you can call the prosecution's claims about the ownership of the item into question.

Another point that you have to think about when it comes to larceny is that you must have had the intention of keeping the item away from the rightful owner permanently. If you intended to return the item, then no larceny occurred. The issue that comes up in this case is that you will need to show that you did, in fact, intend to return the item to the person.

In some cases, you might be able to claim entrapment, which occurs when someone forces you to take something with the intent of getting you into trouble. This doesn't happen very often, but it is possible.

It is important that the defense strategy you choose answers the claims that are being made against you. Thinking carefully about this is necessary so that you can plan your strategy accordingly.

Source: FindLaw, "Larceny Defenses," accessed June 23, 2017

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