When it comes to many offenses committed in Washington State, a person may be charged with a crime at either the state or federal level. For example, in some circumstances, larceny may be charged at the federal level. A person facing federal charges is often wise to seek out a criminal defense attorney experienced in defending against federal crimes.
Larceny is typically defined as a type of theft -- usually, state and federal statutes define larceny as the taking of another person's property, but without the use of force. If the use of force is involved, or if authorities believe force was involved, a person might find themselves facing different charges, such as armed robbery or various weapons charges. Frequently, the theft of a vehicle falls under the definition of larceny. Unlike robbery, this type of theft often does not involve the use of force.