Larceny: The Most Common Crime In Utah

The most common crime in the state of Utah is also the most common crime in the United States — larceny, which is simply another word for “theft.” 

According to Pew Research Center, the U.S. experienced 1,401.9 cases per 100,000 people in 2022. That is a lot of cases. If we were to assume that every single one of them were committed by a different person, that would be about 1.4% of the population. 

Interestingly, Utah’s numbers are similar. There were roughly 36,000 cases in 2023. That translates to about 1,090.91 cases per 100,000 people. Even if you have never committed larceny, you probably know someone who either has or has been a victim of it at some point in their life.

Different Types of Theft

When you think about theft, you might imagine a guy wearing a ski mask who goes into a bank and causes a scene. In Utah, that is called robbery, and it accounts for a very small amount of total thefts. Here are some other types:

Punishments for Theft

Despite the fact that there are a variety of ways you can commit larceny, the punishments are pretty universal. In Utah, the severity of the crime depends on how much money the property that you stole was worth.

Punishment for Robbery

If the crime is robbery or aggravated robbery, it doesn’t matter how much money the property is worth, you will face prison time. According to Utah law, robbery is when you use force or fear to take property away from someone. Aggravated robbery is when you either use a weapon, seriously injure the other person, or try to take a motor vehicle. 

Robbery is a second-degree felony. Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony — five years to life in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

It’s worth noting that if you commit robbery, you will likely be charged with robbery and theft, according to the value of the property. Those charges can translate into even more time that you would face behind bars.

What to Do if You’re Accused of Larceny

If you are ever charged with theft of any kind, the first thing you need to do is exercise your right to remain silent. Whatever you say to police can be used against you in your case. Instead, you need to hire a lawyer. You need someone by your side who can help you communicate what you need to say and keep you from saying anything that would hurt you in the long run.

The best lawyers are the ones who have deep experience with hundreds, even thousands, of cases behind them, which is exactly what you’ll find at Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat. Our attorneys have more than 100 collective years of experience. They’ve seen how scenarios play out in numerous ways, and they would be happy to help you.

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