Louisiana Criminal Defense Lawyer

Larceny, Theft, and Shoplifting

In the state of Louisiana, there are different legal codes for theft, larceny, and shoplifting.

Charged with a crime in Louisiana? Please call (800) 950-2217.

Louisiana Larceny, Theft, and Shoplifting Laws & Penalties


Theft encompasses all crimes of larceny, and is considered taking anything which has value, which belongs to another person, without their consent. It can also include taking things through fraudulent conduct, representation, or practices. Theft can include the intent to permanently derive someone of something which is theirs.

If you commit theft of a value over $500 then you can face jail time for up to 10 years, with hard labor or without, and you can also be charged up to $3,000 or more.

If the value of what was taken is between $300 and $500 then you can face time in jail, with or without hard labor, for up to 2 years. You can also incur a fine of up to $2,000, or both.

If the value of what was taken is less than $300 then you can face time in jail for up to 6 months, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.

If you have already been convicted of theft, and you are convicted again, for the value of less than $300, then you can face a sentence of up to 2 years in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000.


Larceny is considered the intentional and unlawful taking of someone else’s property with the intent to deprive them of the property permanently. Larceny can be committed by the threat of force, force, or fraud. The charges of petty theft versus grand theft are determined by the amount of what was taken.

In Louisiana, certain penalties under state larceny law say that, any person who takes, obtains, or withholds things which are not theirs with the intent to keep it from another person, defraud them, or deprive them of the property is considered guilty and can be punished by a court-martial directly.

Related Theft, Larceny and Shoplifting Laws & Penalties

Theft, larceny, and shoplifting each have related terms which can increase your sentencing:

  • Breaking and entering is the first. This is a criminal act and includes entering into another person’s residence without their permission with the intention of committing an act inside such as theft. This can also be applied to entering a vehicle or other enclosed structure.
  • Forcible entry is another related crime which means that you unlawfully took possession of a person’s home or structure, using force, or the threat of force.
  • Grand larceny is considered grand theft. This means that you took property of another with a value of over $500. This is also the same as larceny theft.
  • Possession of stolen goods is considered the unlawful possession of things which are known to be stolen, and is generally considered a felony offense.
  • Robbery means taking property from someone through threats, intimidation, or force. Robbery can be an aggravated felony if it is accompanied by a dangerous weapon, like a gun.
  • Concealment is an associated term which means one intentionally failed to provide material information to another, with the intent to commit theft on that person. This can include things such as, failing to disclose that a car is a lemon and then selling it to someone; or failing to disclose that you had declared bankruptcy in order to obtain a credit card.

Get Help with a Larceny, Theft, or Shoplifting Charge

If you are facing a charge for larceny, theft, or shoplifting, the help of a defense attorney can provide you with a lesser sentence or reduce the charges against you. Defense attorneys can work with the prosecution to attempt plea bargains in your favor.