Elizabeth City and Outer Banks Theft Lawyer

Have you been charged with shoplifting or larceny in Elizabeth City, the Outer Banks, or any of the surrounding counties? Whether you’re facing a minor first-time offense or a felony charge, Donahue Defense can help you through your case.

We understand that people, by nature, make mistakes. Perhaps you absent-mindedly forgot to pay for something at a store and have never been charged with a crime before, or perhaps you had every intention of taking something that didn’t belong to you. Either way, we will work through your case with the dedication you deserve, and without the judgment you fear you may face.

Our seasoned attorney has years of experience representing people facing the following charges:

North Carolina Theft and Larceny Charges


Shoplifting is concealing goods while still inside the store. Even if you were planning to pay, simply getting caught with hidden, unpaid for items can mean a conviction.

Misdemeanor Larceny

Larceny of property or receiving or possessing stolen goods, where the value of the property or goods is not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Shoplifting and misdemeanor larceny conviction can scar your record and current possibly future employers may be wary to have you as an employee. Donahue Defense can help you avoid a conviction and other consequences.

Felony Larceny

Larceny of goods or receiving or possession of stolen goods with value exceeding thousand dollars ($1,000) is a Class H felony. What many people are unaware of is that the value of the goods stolen or possessed does not have to exceed $1000 and is still a Class H felony, if taken from a person, a construction site, a business or store by disabling or thwarting a security device, or in large number of other situations. You need a skilled attorney to ensure you have been correctly charged and have a choice of all available defenses.

Obtaining Property by False Pretense

Obtaining property by false pretense is most often charged when a person trades stolen goods with a pawn shop or returns stolen items to a store for a “refund”. Donahue Defense has the experience and the knowledge you need to obtain a great resolution.

It’s crucial to your case to get started as soon as possible. Contact Donahue Defense today for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you work through the charges you’re facing.