The charge of grand larceny does not exist in New South Wales. However, you may have visited or lived in the United States in the past and be familiar with this offence.
In the U.S., grand larceny is defined as being the theft of property of which the value is over a specified figure. This specified figure varies from state to state; however, the minimum value usually ranges from $500-$2000.
In some states, grand larceny may be called grand theft, as is the case in California.
What is the equivalent charge in NSW?
Although the charge of grand larceny does not exist in Australia, New South Wales does have the charge of larceny.
Larceny is defined in New South Wales as stealing or theft.
Unlike our American counterparts, larceny of any value is to be dealt with in the same manner, unless specified by legislation.
If you are convicted for larceny you face a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment.
An exception to this rule is the charge of ‘stealing a dog’. If you are convicted of stealing a dog, you face a maximum term of imprisonment of 1 year.
If you are facing larceny charges, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible.