What is petit larceny in Mississippi?

Petit larceny - sometimes called petty larceny - is a misdemeanor in Mississippi that is defined as the theft of property valued at less than $1,000. If you are convicted of petit larceny, you could face up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

There are a few exceptions to the petit larceny statute. For example, if you steal property from a church, synagogue, temple, or other established place of worship, you could face double the penalties: up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

Another exception is if you steal gas from a gas station. If you drive away from a gas station without paying for the fuel, you could be charged with petit larceny. In this case, you could face up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

If you are convicted of petit larceny for stealing gas more than once, you may also have your driver's license suspended. The first suspension will be for 6 months, and a subsequent suspension will be for 1 year.

If you have been charged with petit larceny, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you understand the charges against you and your legal options, so don't hesitate to call us here at the Eichelberger Law Firm. We have decades of experience representing people charged with crimes all across Mississippi, and we'd be happy to help you or your loved one.