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Types of Theft Crimes in Florida
Theft is defined by the willing effort to temporarily or permanently deprive another person of their possessions. Additionally, theft in Florida comes in two forms: petit theft and grand theft.
Petite theft includes:
- First Degree Petit Theft - property stolen must be less than $750.
- Second Degree Petit Theft - property stolen must be less than $100.
Grand theft includes:
- First Degree Grand Theft - property stolen must be more than $100k.
- Second Degree Grand Theft - property stolen must be less than $100k.
- Third Degree Grand Theft - property stolen must be less than $20k.
These degrees include, but are not limited to, the following crimes:
- Armed Robbery
- Car Theft
What are the Penalties for Petit & Grand Theft?
The exact penalties will depend on the circumstances of your crime and the value of the property. The higher the value of stolen goods, the harsher the punishment. In addition to the criminal penalties, you may face the loss of professional licenses and may find it difficult to secure gainful employment even after you've served your sentence. It is important to seek the help of an attorney who can advocate for you and push for a dismissal or reduced charges whenever possible.
Petite theft penalties include:
- First Degree Petit Theft - a misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year imprisonment & up to $1k in fines.
- Second Degree Petit Theft - a misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail & up to $500 in fines.
Grand theft penalties include:
- First Degree Grand Theft - a felony punishable by up to 30 years imprisonment & up to $10k in fines.
- Second Degree Grand Theft - a felony punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment & up to $10k in fines.
- Third Degree Grand Theft - a felony punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment & up to $5k in fines.
Enhancements do exist for theft of firearms, cargo, multiple offensives, animals, construction equipment, drugs, city property, etc. Additionally, restitution to the victim may need to be paid. If it is your first offense, you may qualify for diversion programs that can help you avoid jail time and keep your record clean. Talk to a Miami theft crime attorney to see whether you qualify.
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We know what is on the line for our clients and what they stand to lose in theft cases. Our attorneys are ready to fight for the best possible outcome, whether it can be obtained inside or outside of court. Trust your future to a team of dedicated attorneys with a proven track record.
If you are facing charges of theft, it is critical to seek the help of a qualified attorney early on in a case. The right attorney can make a significant difference in the outcome of your criminal charge. Mitchell & West LLC and our legal team understands the law and have earned a reputation for our cutting-edge defenses. Contact our attorneys immediately after an arrest.
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