In Florida, Theft (Fla. Stat. 812.014
) is the taking of property with the intent to deprive the owner of that property to a right or benefit in it. The value of the property and/or prior theft convictions determines the degree of theft charged. An individual with no prior theft convictions
accused of stealing property valued at under $750, for instance, commits a misdemeanor. The degree of misdemeanor
depends on whether the property is valued under $100. If, however, the property is valued at $750 or more, or the individual has two prior theft convictions, the crime becomes a felony
. The degree of felony, again, depends on the value of the property. The State charges some property, such as vehicles and certain quantities of citrus fruit, automatically as felonies.
If you are charged with any theft crime or any crime related to theft, you must contact an experienced fraud or criminal defense attorney in Florida to protect your rights. Often, the State cannot prove value, which frequently results in charges being reduced to a second-degree misdemeanor. Similarly, if it is a first offense, an experienced attorney can help you get into Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI)
. Call Michael for a free consultation.
In addition to all theft charges, our firm represents clients in several related matters, such as:
- Failure to Return Rental Car
- Unlicensed Contractor/Healthcare Worker
- Grand Theft Auto
- Dealing in Stolen Property
- Welfare Fraud
- Employee Theft
- Worthless Check