Larceny crimes in North Carolina are governed by N.C.G.S. 14-72 and are classified according to the value of the property or services taken.
If you have taken steps to conceal store goods on your person and you are apprehended by a store official, it is a Class 3 Misdemeanor. Typically, a Class 3 Misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 days in jail.
A second offense of this kind, committed within 3 years of the first offense, will constitute a Class 2 Misdemeanor. Typically, a Class 2 Misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of up to 60 days in jail.
If you are found in possession of stolen goods valued at $1,000 or less, it is a Class 1 Misdemeanor. A Class 1 Misdemeanor carries a potential maximum sentence of 120 days in jail and fines of up to $1000. If you have been charged with this, a criminal defense lawyer can help you mitigate this charge, and sometimes help you avoid jail time completely.
If you are found in possession of stolen goods valued more than $1,000, you will face a felony charge. You will also face a felony charge if the property is taken from the person of another, the theft is committed via breaking and entering, or the property is a firearm. This is a Class H Felony, which carries up to 8 months in prison for a first time offender, but can be increased substantially depending on the circumstances of your case. If you have been charged with Felony Larceny, it is in your best interest to hire a criminal defense lawyer right away to receive the best possible outcome.