Raleigh Larceny Defense Lawyer

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Have you been accused of theft or fraud?

Maybe you made a mistake. Perhaps you were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you have been arrested, you need a lawyer right away. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC concentrates on criminal defense. Their fluency with the system can work for you. If you or someone you love has been accused of larceny, contact a shoplifting and larceny defense lawyer today for a free consultation. Put our knowledge in your corner.

Wake County Larceny Criminal Defense Lawyer

Shoplifting, unlawful concealment and other types of larceny are more serious crimes than many people realize. Even nonviolent theft crimes can have harsh penalties. Additionally, a conviction for any crime can negatively affect your opportunities in the future. Employers may be especially reluctant to hire someone with a theft crime charge or conviction on their record.

The Consequences of a Conviction

A conviction for any type of North Carolina larceny, even a minor one, may have serious consequences beyond fines and jail time. Any type of theft is deemed a crime of "moral turpitude." A conviction may permanently affect your ability to get the job of your choice and limit your career. You may even lose your job if it involves being responsible for money. Jobs like banking, investments, securities, stocks, or bonds could be in jeopardy. A theft conviction could also adversely affect medical, legal, real estate, and other professional licenses on his or her record.

The penalties for larceny will vary depending on the value of stolen goods, the manner in which they were stolen and the defendant's prior record. It is important to speak with an experienced, aggressive Wake County criminal defense lawyer to ensure your rights are protected.

Theft Cases

We handle larceny cases that involve:



•Identity theft


•Unlawful concealment

•Breaking and entering in motor vehicles

The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel defends people against theft crimes charges in North Carolina and provides and aggressive defense. We can also defend you against charges of possessing or receiving stolen goods. We know what penalties you will face if you are convicted and how they may affect your life.

Raleigh larceny attorney Wiley Nickel has extensive knowledge of North Carolina criminal law. He will work hard to protect your freedom, presenting any mitigating factors and arguing for reduced charges or penalties. For a free consultation with a Raleigh larceny defense attorney, please call 919-585-1486 today.

Theft From A Merchant And Shoplifting

Theft of goods valued at more than $1,000 is typically a class H felony. Theft of goods valued at or less than $1,000 is typically a class 1 misdemeanor offense. We can examine your case to determine whether the charges are appropriate.

Larceny from a merchant is a class H felony if the stolen goods have a value of more than $200 and the person used an exit door meant to deter theft and that has a notice providing information about the felony.

Shoplifting or unlawful concealment of merchandise is a common offense for adults and juveniles. You can be charged with concealment if you are caught with merchandise while still in the store. Concealment is usually a misdemeanor.

If you are charged with a fourth larceny offense, you may be charged with habitual larceny (a felony), regardless of the dollar amount of the goods stolen. In these cases, you can be sentenced to class H felony penalties if convicted of habitual larceny (as a status offender), even if you were charged with misdemeanor larceny offenses.

Have the Police Issued You a Defective Citation?

North Carolina case law says that the police must allege adequately describe the legal name of the entity you are accused of taking property from.  If the citation says you committed larceny just from “Wal-Mart” rather than the correct legal name of “Wal-Mart Store Inc” you may be able to have your case dismissed. They must also correctly identify the specific goods taken.  A larceny indictment must describe the property taken with reasonable specificity.  State v. Pennell 746 SE 2d 431 (indictment was fatally defective where it described the property taken as "various items of merchandise").

Contact A Raleigh Shoplifting Defense Attorney


The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC understands what is at stake for their clients. They will take the time to sit down and discuss your options so that you can make an informed decision about your future.  To schedule a free consultation with a Wake County larceny defense lawyer please call 919-585-1486 or contact us online.


Wiley Nickel

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.