releasethehounds wrote:Question: in the world of theft crimes, if you obtain possession of cash, how is it possible that you have not also obtained title to the money? I feel like money is its own thing. I also feel like I've seen answer explanations tell me both that possession = title in cash and also that possession does not = title in cash. Just not sure which way is right.
It's confusing, but it is distinguishable. I assume you're talking about false pretenses vs. larceny by trick.
Perp: Hey, Joe, my mom died and I can't afford to fly home to see her. Can I have $500? (not true)
Joe: OMG, sure. Here you go.
= False pretenses - getting title to money. Give me $500 to have for my very own.
On the contrary:
Joe: OMG, I really want that watch, but I don't have time to buy it right now.
Perp: I'm going to that store after work today. Iif you give me the $500, I'll buy the watch for you. (not true)
= Larceny by trick