(redirected from Asportation)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.
Related to Asportation: Simple larceny


in law, the unlawful taking and carrying away of the property of another, with intent to deprive the owner of its use or to appropriate it to the use of the perpetrator or of someone else. It is usually distinguished from embezzlementembezzlement,
wrongful use, for one's own selfish ends, of the property of another when that property has been legally entrusted to one. Such an act was not larceny at common law because larceny was committed only when property was acquired by a "felonious taking," i.e.
..... Click the link for more information.
 and false pretenses in that the actual taking of the property is accomplished unlawfully and without the victim's consent (see robberyrobbery,
in law, felonious taking of property from a person against his will by threatening or committing force or violence. The injury or threat may be directed against the person robbed, his property, or the person or property of his relative or of anyone in his presence at
..... Click the link for more information.
); along with the taking there must be a carrying-off. It is also distinguished from burglaryburglary,
at common law, the breaking and entering of a dwelling house of another at night with the intent to commit a felony, whether the intent is carried out or not. This definition has been generally adopted with some modifications in the criminal law of the various states
..... Click the link for more information.
 in that the theft does not necessarily involve unlawful breaking and entering. Statutes in some states of the United States enlarge the scope of larceny to include embezzlement and false pretenses. Grand larceny, usually a felonyfelony
, any grave crime, in contrast to a misdemeanor, that is so declared in statute or was so considered in common law. In early English law a felony was a heinous act that canceled the perpetrator's feudal rights and forfeited his lands and goods to the king, thus depriving
..... Click the link for more information.
, is distinguished from petty larceny, usually a misdemeanormisdemeanor,
in law, a minor crime, in contrast to a felony. At common law a misdemeanor was a crime other than treason or a felony. Although it might be a grave offense, it did not affect the feudal bond or take away the offender's property. By the 19th cent.
..... Click the link for more information.
, by the value of the property stolen.
References in periodicals archive ?
asportation and detention); (3) whether the acts occurred during the commission of another crime; (4) whether the acts were inherent in the commission of that type of crime, given the location where the accused first encountered the victim; (5) whether the acts exceeded those inherent in the separate offense and showed the accused's intent to move or detain the victim more than was necessary to commit the offense in the first location; and (6) the creation of additional risk to the victim by moving him from the first location.
17, by Officers Timothy Benson and James Dugan and charged with shoplifting by asportation (concealment).
104, Clinton, shoplifting by asportation, subsequent offense, guilty, six months in the House of Correction, credit for 21 days.
Tom Nelson and charged with shoplifting by asportation of merchandise.
109, Clinton, two counts of shoplifting by asportation, second or subsequent offense, guilty, 30 days in the House of Correction, concurrent.