A Layperson's Guide to Criminal Law

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6
Theft Offenses

The more laws and order are made prominent, The more thieves and robbers there will be.

-- Lao-tzu

Theft crimes were among the earliest and most serious offenses known to common law. To emphasize the seriousness of these offenses, the penalty for many kinds of theft at common law was death. As the law developed, new forms of theft were defined and penalties were structured so that the death penalty was gradually eliminated as punishment for theft convictions. The variety of factual circumstances that can lead to theft convictions will be explored in this chapter.


LARCENY

Larceny is the trespassory taking and carrying away of the personal property of another with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property. To secure a conviction for larceny, the government must prove the voluntary act (trespassory taking and carrying away) and the mental state (intent to permanently deprive). The government must also demonstrate that the property taken has value and was owned by a person other than the defendant.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction xi
  • 1 - A Brief History of Crime and Punishment in America 1
  • 2 - Basic Concepts of Criminal Law 19
  • 3 - Unlawful Killings 43
  • 4 - Sexual Assault and Related Offenses 65
  • 5 - Preparatory Criminal Conduct 87
  • 6 - Theft Offenses 111
  • 7 - Criminal Law Defenses 131
  • 8 - Miscellaneous Criminal Offenses 157
  • 9 - The Criminal Process 175
  • Glossary 191
  • Bibliography 197
  • Index 199
  • About the Author 203
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