Bill Summary for H 54 (2011-2012)
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TO CREATE THE STATUS OFFENSE OF HABITUAL MISDEMEANOR LARCENY.Intro. by Crawford.
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House committee substitute makes the following changes to 1st edition. Changes the title to AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT IF A DEFENDANT HAS SEVEN OR MORE PRIOR LARCENY CONVICTIONS, A SUBSEQUENT LARCENY OFFENSE IS A FELONY.
Deletes the provisions of the 1st edition and instead amends GS 14-72 (larceny of property; receiving stolen goods or possession stolen goods) to provide that larceny is a felony if the larceny is committed after the defendant has been convicted of larceny at least seven times in this state or another jurisdiction regardless of whether the prior convictions were misdemeanors, felonies, or a combination. Excludes from the prior conviction count convictions where the record reflects that the defendant waived council. Provides that if a person is convicted of more than one offense of misdemeanor larceny in a single session of district court or a single week of superior court, then only one of the convictions may be used as a prior conviction. Applies to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2011.