Potential Larceny Defenses

Larceny is one of the most frequently used in crimes in the state of Indiana, and one of the most difficult to defend against. The law states that you cannot use force to steal something, so you must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that your victim was not expecting to receive anything from you.

Common Larceny Forms

The most common form of larceny is shoplifting. This crime is easy to defend against as long as you show that your victim didn’t expect to receive any goods. If you can show that they did expect it, then the charge of shoplifting will be dismissed. This is why you should always make sure that the store doesn’t want anything returned after you’ve left.


Another common form of larceny is receiving stolen property from someone who does not belong to you. If you’re not sure whether or not you know your potential victim, then the best defense against this charge is to be honest with the store clerk and pay for the items on the spot. However, if the clerk is not cooperative with you, then it is probably best to walk away and try a different store.


Another of the larceny defenses is receiving something after you’ve already gone ahead and gotten it. It’s pretty common for people to leave their keys in their car, so if you take them to get something, then they will assume you are going to get back into the car after you leave. If you’re asked to leave with the keys, and you don’t have them, then they may feel that you’re going to steal something. Even if they did think about getting back in the car, and they give you the keys back, then you are going to have a tough time being found guilty. This is why it’s good to be honest and upfront with anyone you plan to contact at any time, including the clerk at the store.


There are several other defenses to consider, but one of the most common ones is to simply show that you didn’t have the item in question. Many people try to hide their property, so it is difficult to prove that you actually didn’t have it. If you do have it and you can prove that you didn’t know you already had it, then the charges will be dismissed.


Your criminal defense attorney is an important part of fighting the charge against you, so don’t take advantage of this privilege. Do what is necessary to fight for your right.