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Understanding Larceny Military Law
Larceny is a crime that is concerned with the unlawful theft of another person’s or group’s property. It is related to burglary and can be connected with fraud in its various forms. As opposed to burglary, to be convicted on a larceny charge it does not have to be proven that you broke into or entered someone’s home or place of business. Also, it does not have to be demonstrated that you had an intention to commit a felony other than theft.
For members of the military, common larceny charges can revolve around the theft of government property and the unauthorized sale or possession of government property. In more extreme cases, larceny can go hand in hand with a weapon trafficking offense, a crime that is severely penalized in both military and civilian courts.
No matter the specific charge in your case, it is certain that you will need the assistance of an experienced military criminal defense attorney. The founding attorney of The Law Offices of Haytham Faraj, PLLC had an exceptional 22-year career as a Marine infantryman and officer prior to becoming an attorney in the military. Once in private practice, he soon became known for his committed and accomplished defense of service men and women and has never lost a military case.
He is a proud graduate of The Citadel and is the only U.S. lawyer ever to try 3 major war crime cases and win all of them. Many of his victories on behalf of clients have since become famous military trials including: U.S. v. Trent Thomas (known as the Pendleton eight), U.S. v. Matthew McCabe (Navy Seal detainee abuse case) and U.S. v. Frank Wuterich (Haditha Massacre).
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Accusations of larceny can result in a court martial, Article 134 charges and an eventual discharge hearing. There are ways, however, that these charges can be skillfully defended against. In order to be convicted, the prosecution must prove that you actually intended to deprive a rightful owner of his or her property. It must also be shown that you did, in fact, remove the property and that is was in your control. Many times, the element of intent can be a fragile part of a prosecutor’s case. The crime of larceny should not be charged if a simple mistake or error in judgment was made or if the property in question was just borrowed.
If you have been charged with larceny, contact a nationwide military larceny lawyer to learn how your rights and freedoms may be protected.