Larceny v. Robbery – What is the difference?!

To be found guilty of Larceny the State must prove that you (1) took (2) personal property (3) in the possession of another AND (4) carried that property away (5) without the consent of the possessor AND (6) with the intent to deprive the possessor of its use permanently (7) knowing that you are not entitled to it. Larceny of property valued less than $1,000 is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Where as, Larceny of property valued at more than $1,000 is a Class H felony. 

Larceny is a lesser included offense of Robbery. Which means you can only be found guilty of one or the other arising from the same offense. There are two types of Robbery, both which are felonies. A person may be found guilty of Common Law Robbery (which is a Class G Felony) if the State proves that they (1) committed larceny (2) from the person or from the person's presence (3) by violence or intimidation. A person may be found guilty of Armed Robbery (which is a Class D Felony) if the State proves that they (1) committed or attempted to commit larceny (2) from the person or from the person’s presence (3) by possession, use, or threatened use of a firearm or other dangerous weapon (4) that endangers or threatens the life of a person. 

If you were charged with Larceny, call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC for a free consultation. Our attorneys are also available by email at or 


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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.