Under Florida state law, theft includes a charge that involves various offenses such as shoplifting, larceny, unlawful taking, and stealing. Penalties for theft range from misdemeanors to felonies depending upon the value of the allegedly stolen object.
A criminal charge may have severe life consequences. Don’t plead guilty to charges of theft prior to understanding all of your defense choices.
Even if you confessed to stealing something and are now ready accept accountability, it does not mean the punishment ought to be needlessly harsh. A skilled criminal defense attorney might have the ability to get the criminal charges dropped in exchange for some restitution or additional considerations.
Can You Beat a Shoplifting/Theft Charge?
With an experienced lawyer it is possible to beat a shoplifting or theft charge. Said lawyer will be able to challenge a witness’s statement, or challenge an ‘intent’ clause of a statute, as well as argue that it was a misunderstanding or accident.
An experienced lawyer can also move for a restitution dismissal or additional favorable result that avoids a record or harsh penalties.
Legal defense methods vary greatly depending on the case’s facts.
Penalties for Shoplifting/Theft
Such penalties will be categorized by degrees depending on the value of the stolen object.
Grand Theft (First Degree)
If the stolen item is valued at or over $100,000, then the defendant is charged with Grand Theft (First Degree), a Felony (First Degree). A felony (First Degree) has a max penalty of thirty years incarceration and a fine of up to $10,000.
Grand Theft (Second Degree)
If the stolen item is from $20,000 to $99,999, then the defendant is charged with Grand Theft (Second Degree), a Felony (Second Degree). A felony (Second Degree) has a maximum penalty of fifteen years incarceration and a fine of up to $10,000.
Grand Theft (Third Degree)
If the stolen item is valued from $300 to $19,999, then the defendant is charged with Grand Theft (Third Degree), a Felony (Third Degree). A charge of Grand Theft (Third Degree) additionally will apply if the item taken is a fire extinguisher, car, gun, a quantity of fruit that comprises of at or above 2,000 individual pieces, anhydrous ammonia, construction sign, or a stop sign.
A penalty for a felony (Third Degree) is a max of five years incarceration and a fine of $5,000.
Petit Theft (First Degree)
If the stolen item is valued from $100 to $299, then the defendant is charged with Misdemeanor (First Degree), carrying a max penalty of one year incarceration and a fine of $1,000.
But, if a defendant is convicted two times of any theft, he or she is charged with Felony (Third Degree), carrying a max penalty of five years incarceration and a fine of $5,000.
Petit Theft (Second Degree)
If the stolen item is valued at under $100 or unspecified within any additional theft statute, the defendant is charged with Misdemeanor (Second Degree), a max sentence of sixty days incarceration and fine of $500.
Contact Miami Theft Defense Lawyer
This is a life-changing experience with long-lasting implications. Do not delay getting the legal help you need, contact Anderson, O’Sullivan, and Associates at 305-379-8688.